Here at InspiraKids Early Learning we encourage our children to engage in proper sit-down mealtimes throughout the day. InspiraKids’ menu includes a 4-week rotating seasonal menu that meets children’s needs, taking into account nutritional and energy requirements as well as cultural and health needs. Each centre has their own cook who prepares fresh meals daily for all children. At InspiraKids, we serve 5 meals each day including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
Our educators play an influential role when it comes to mealtimes as they sit down to eat all of the same meals as the children. This involvement by our educators not only promotes a sense of belonging for the children, but also promotes healthy eating amongst the children, pushing them out of their comfort zone with tastes and textures and encouraging them to try new foods.
Our homely style mealtimes also assist with building stability and strengthen relationships between our educators and the children. Children are encouraged to have discussions at mealtimes; are they enjoying their meal? What are they eating? Is the food hard or soft? Sweet or savoury? This in turn supports healthy social behaviours and promotes children’s ability to interact positively.
We also understand that not all families have the same approach when it comes to meals times, but we would just like to share a few tips, that have come from some of our families and their own special mealtimes!
- Encourage your children to help set the table for each meal
- Let your child dish up their own portions
- Role model positively by eating the same foods as your children
- Discuss the food on your plate
- Offer a wide variety of texture, colours and flavours at mealtimes!
CHILDREN ARE CONNECTED WITH AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR WORLD
• Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation •
OUTCOME 3: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF WELLBEING
• Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing •