Good nutrition sets your child up with what they need to take on the day! More energy, better brain function, and improved moods are just a few benefits of having a conscious, health-filled menu at our childcare centre. Read on to discover more about our nutrition principles.
Here at Oma Rāpeti, Freemans Bay we follow a vegetarian diet. This makes it very easy to cater for vegan diets or any dietary restrictions or allergies our tamariki may have.
We recently had our menu reviewed and assessed by registered paediatric family dietitian and nutritionist, Rachael Wilson from The Food Tree.
Rachael had this to say:"It was an absolute pleasure working with Oma Rāpeti. The children enjoy a truly excellent menu; each day they are offered fresh organic whole foods, with plenty of variety from all the food groups to choose from. The teaching team demonstrate many aspects of exemplary practice when it comes to supporting children to have a good relationship with food, such as growing their own vegetables and herbs, which the children then help harvest and prepare for meal times." – Rachael Wilson - registered paediatric dietitian and family nutritionist from The Food Tree.
At Oma Rāpeti Early Learning Centre we believe high-quality nutrition is important for health, well-being, growth, and development.
Sugar policy: we have a no sugar policy in place here at Oma Rāpeti. Children enjoy home baking with natural sweeteners such as honey used.
We ask that parents do not bring in cakes on birthdays, in line with our policy. Our birthdays are celebrated with beautiful birthday trays that the children choose and decorate themselves. Parents are always welcome to join our celebrations.
No preservatives: we make as much of our food from scratch, meaning there are a little preservatives as possible.
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"The centre offers organic, vegetarian, no sugar and low salt foods for all children. The food is amazing, and all the children enjoyed everything. I can see the love that the centre cook puts into the food for the children, and I can see the love that the children have for the kai as they will often have three-to-four servings if they want.
The tables are also laid each meal time and will always have a vase with fresh flowers in, for a lovely homely feeling. All children (including under twos) use china bowls and plates, and glass cups. When I asked the teachers about this they said it shows the children that the adults have trust in them to use the plates, bowls and cups which can easily break. The whole four weeks I was there nothing got broken – amazing."
— Abby, AUT Student
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