Rest & Nutrition
Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre provides morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, and a later afternoon snack for those children who are collected late from care.
The Centre follows its in house nutrition policy, which is developed in accordance with Australian Dietary guidelines (NHMRC 2013); Education and Care Services National Law 2011; Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011; and Local Council.
Food is prepared on site. Food includes, but is not limited to: seasonal fruit; muffins; hot lunches; sandwiches; rice cakes; custard; yoghurt; a range of various cakes; dried fruit and so on. The Centre aims to provide a diverse menu for children and encourages children to serve their own food, and to be aware of the nutritional value of the food that is consumed.
A hot meal is provided four days a week and sandwiches one day. Some of the meals include, but are not limited to: chicken chickpea fritters with salad; quiche and salad; sausages, mash and gravy; mince chow mein; special fried rice with bacon; pasta bakes; creamy chicken and rice; and beef nachos.
In accordance with Active Pathways health focus, meal times are used as a learning opportunity for children, particularly as it relates to good dietary habits. All efforts are made by educators to provide meals in an environment that is not demanding or uses food as a reward. Since Active Pathways values cultural diversity, it honours the cultural and religious food practices of enrolled children. All food is served in accordance with its anti-discrimination policy, and there is no separate charge for special food requirements.
Rest and Settling
Active Pathways promotes independence and positive self-concepts. Educators will be guided by parents in regard to children’s use of comforters and so on, with the overall aim of children feeling safe and secure while in care.
Throughout the day, Active Pathways has policies in relation to settling of children. In the instance a child cannot be settled, parents are contacted immediately. All educators at Active Pathways work from the platform of gentleness and nurturing.