Amberley O.S.H.C.

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5.6 Menu Development

Amberley OSHC recognises and acknowledges the importance of providing food that is both nutritious and appropriate to the needs of the children attending OSHC. In collaboration with educators, children and families, a service menu will be developed, consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and inclusive of children’s health/medical issues relating to foods.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Australian Dietary Guidelines (NHMRC 2013)
  • Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools
  • NQS Area: 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.5; 2.2;  2.1.1;  2.2.1; 2.3.1, 2.3.3; 5.1.2, 5.1.3; 5.2.1; 6.1; 6.2.1; 6.3.2; 7.1.2; 7.3.2, 7.3.5. 
  • Policies: 11 – Including children with special/additional needs, 3.1 – Educational Program Planning, 3.3 – Educators Practice, 3.14 – Valuing Diversity, Culture and Reconciliation, 4.10 – Anaphylaxis Management, 5.2 – Food and Nutrition, 5.3 – Food Act Compliance, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 9.6 – Parent and Community Participation.

Procedures

Development of Amberley OSHC menu will be a collaborative effort between educators, children and families.

The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor will ensure the food and beverages they provide at the service are healthy, balanced, varied, adequate, age appropriate and consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and as far as reasonably possible, meets the needs of children with special dietary requirements. Amberley OSHC will ensure that children have access to safe drinking water at all times.

Service menus are planned on a regular basis, using a checklist – (as provided in the PANOSH resource) to ensure that food provided is varied and encompasses all the food groups. The Certified Supervisor will ensure that the menu is displayed for families and accurately describes the food and drinks being provided by Amberley OSHC.

Educators will be informed of children’s food allergies and/or restrictions (including cultural or religious) through the staff communication book and regular team meetings.

Families, children and educators are encouraged to contribute recipes and suggestions to support a culturally diverse menu.

Educators will be provided with opportunities for professional development training relating to nutrition and food related issues.

Reviewed 23 March 2015, Updated 30 May 2017


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