At Umina Kids Club we happily provide for the nutritional needs of the children each day. Our centre has a fully qualified cook to prepare our wonderful meals and the children are very good at trying new foods when they are being eaten by their friends!
All our babies foods are made fresh at the centre and the parents simply let the staff know when they are ready to introduce solids and we will cater for this.
The centre is alergie aware due to the amount of children now presenting with nut based allergies and we have also some restricted diets. Each family makes their own choice if they would like their children to have adapted menu items (eg Dairy free) or if they would like to supply food based on the extent of their child’s dietary restrictions. The centre Director is happy to work closely with all families as we understand that food and nutrition is such a vital part of children’s general health and well being.
The centre encourages children to try all foods at meal times as we find that many children will try and taste new foods when they are around their peers more than they would even at home. Meal times are seen as social experiences and discussions are encouraged....food is a major part of cultures and shared experiences are often based around meal times.
Our menu is on display in the foyer for both the current week and the week following to give plenty of time to see what the children will be eating and so you don’t have the same planned for at home that night!
Drinking water is always available for all age groups both indoors and outside so drink bottles are not necessary.
Please talk with the centre’s Director if you would like any additional information about our recipies.
Jamie Olivers Food Revolution
At Umina Kids Club we understand the importance of a nutritionally balanced diet for children’s growth, development and learning. For this reason we support Jamie Oliver’s annual Food Revolution Day which is a global campaign that advocates the need for children to learn about good nutrition and also learn to cook nutritious meals using fresh ingredients.
“Access to good, fresh, nutritious food is every child’s human right, but currently we’re failing our children. Millions of kids are eating too much of the wrong food, while millions more don’t get enough of the good stuff to let them grow and thrive. We need to unite as one strong, single voice to force governments and businesses to create a healthier, happier world for the future. “ - Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day was held on 20th May this year and we participated by engaging the children in cooking activities such as peeling carrots and cutting up capsicum to enjoy with hommus dip. They also threaded a variety of fruit onto skewers to make fruit kebabs. These simple cooking experiences teach young children important life skills as they learn about healthy food choices. It was wonderful to see the children genuinely enjoying eating the nutritious food they had prepared themselves.