HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Nutrition is essential to our children’s development. Parents, along with society at large, are becoming aware of the harmful affects of our highly processed, high fat, high sugar, high chemical Western diets.
At Kakapo Creek we serve healthy, tasty wholegrain foods, fruit and vegetables and support our environment by using organic foods whenever possible and by serving a plant based menu. Food is presented in an attractive way that supports family meal styled eating. Our teachers model good eating habits and table manners in a developmentally appropriate way.
Healthy isn’t a goal: it’s a way of living!
What meals do you provide?
Breakfast (upon request), morning tea, cooked main meal for lunch, afternoon tea PLUS Healthy breakfasts and pre-cooked healthy take home meals for parents on the go (pre-order at extra cost).
Does wholegrain taste nice?
Young children are still developing their sense of taste. Feeding children low salt, low sugar wholegrain foods is setting them up for a future of healthy dietary choices. Wholegrain tastes sensational!
How do you serve the meals?
Meals are served at a table with children sitting together with their teacher. Because meal times are an opportunity to develop social skills we encourage teachers to sit and eat and talk with children during each meal time. This way they model good table manners and spend quality bonding time with children.
Will my child get enough protein and iron?
Remarkably, some of the world’s largest animals are vegetarian: hippos, elephants, giraffe, rhino etc. They get enough iron and protein on their plant based diets. While there are of course significant differences between animals and humans we too can get our protein and iron from plant based foods. Your child will eat a wide variety of legumes (beans, lentils, pulses) to ensure a balanced diet. And of course, you feed them too, so if you believe they need more or less nutrition you can vary their diet accordingly. If the whole Western world went vegetarian for just one day a week we would solve much of our food shortages, environmental damage and improve animal well being.
If you’re still not convinced, be conscious that Kakapo Creek only serves your child five out of their 21 meals each week – two lunches and every breakfast and dinner is at home with you. So there are plenty of other opportunities for you to add meat to their diet if you believe this is needed.