Lunch time practice
At the ICEC your have the choice of ordering our catered lunch or you can provide you child with a packed lunch from home.
If you do bring a packed lunch from home the food should be presented in a microwaveable container, that serves as a plate or dish as well, this minimises the contact of other people with your child's food. The lunch box will then be placed in the fridge until it is time to serve to the children. Hot lunches will be heated in the microwave before being served to the children. Water and milk are provided with each meal.
The children will be encouraged to eat well and independently and follow all the social rules of good manners and eating habits.
For information about dietary requirements for your child see the food guide below.
At the ICEC we provide two fully nutritious small meals for the children daily, these are called our snack time, the meals may change or vary depending on which of our centres you attend, but they should fulfil the food groups listed below equivalent to one serving per child. Generally we provide wheat crackers or bread, a selection of toppings, cheese, etc, a selection of fruit and vegetables, milk and water is also provided. We also prepare and cook snacks with the children so we may have pizza, fruit pancakes etc.
*WATER IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO THE CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE DAY*
Lunchtime Party Event
At the ICEC we try to recognize as many multicultural events as possible, including Chinese New Year and Diwali. As well as looking at the culture behind the festivals listening to the music, and looking at their way of life, we also cook a selection of food from the particular country we are focusing on. This developed so well that we found ourselves cooking a full meal with and for the children, including a starter and a dessert. Surprise, surprise the children did not seem to eat much lunch on these days, and it seemed as if we spent the whole day eating! The children and teachers really enjoyed these events so rather than limit the food because of the above issues, we decided to develop the idea further and turn it into a complete lunch time menu, and make it a regular monthly event.
Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children
Food Pyramid for young Children - a daily Guide for Children 2 to 6 years old.