The Back to Basics Early Learning Centre kitchen is fully equipped to allow our talented cook to deliver healthy and nutritious meals every day. With all meals prepared onsite, the centre is often filled with the delicious smells of home cooking such as chicken pasta bake, tuna mornay, banana and cranberry cake, and much much more.
Meals are based on a four week rotating menu, providing variety and choice. Our menu will tempt even the fussiest of eaters and our generous servings ensure full and satisfied tummies. Milk (and water) is offered with all meals, to ensure growing bones are receiving their recommended intake of calcium. No junk food is served at Back to Basics Early Learning Centre!
The freshest of produce is sourced locally and regularly to ensure maximum nutrition. Modified meals are available for infants, based on current needs (pureed, textured, etc.) and allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions are easily catered for.
As a registered (Class 1) childcare kitchen with local council, strict food safety and preparation policies are implemented, including the requirement to conduct annual audits and participate in routine random inspections and food testing. Our cook is trained in Food Safety Preparation and participates in regular professional development and local network meetings to ensure best-practice standards are met and maintained.
At Back to Basics Early Learning Centre we believe and practice that a strong sense of wellbeing is fundamentally connected to children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming. When children feel well, happy, secure and socially successful, they are able to fully participate in, and learn from, the daily routines, play, interactions and experiences in their early childhood setting.
Our settings promote children’s wellbeing, and focus on best practice ensuring children are supervised adequately, ensuring the safety of equipment and the environment, good hygiene and safe sleep procedures, managing illness and injuries effectively and meeting children’s nutritional needs. They also allow flexibility to respond to individual needs.
Psychological wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing to children’s overall health status. To build positive relationships with children, our educators get to know each child within their life context, and they understand and respond to children’s strengths, interests and abilities, as well as to their home and community experiences.
We align ourselves with Nutrition Australia, an independent non-profit organisation that promotes the health and well-being of all Australians. Healthy Together Victoria review our menus, our food types and serving quantities to help us ensure we are providing our children with healthy meal plans.