Healthy Meals

Lunch Box and Snacks

It is a D.o.C.S. requirement that this service encourages all families to make healthy choices when preparing children’s snack and lunch boxes.

Along with this requirement it is also necessary for certain food items to be excluded from our preschool altogether. the reason for this is that some children suffer severe allergic reactions to particular foods and this can become life threatening to them. So we ask your diligence when it come to the ‘NOT ALLOWED‘ foods and help us keep these children safe.

The NOT ALLOWED foods are:

  • Nuts or nut traces of any kind.
  • Peanut Butter spread or dip
  • Nutella spread or dip
  • Whole eggs

Healthier Choices

Below is a list of healthier food choices for snacks and lunch boxes as suggested by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Better Health and Healthy Kids. For more information, please visit www.healthkids.nsw.gov.au, www.betterhealth.gov.au, www.chq.edu.au/parents/factsheets/fosnackj or www.choice.com.au/food (search this one for an interactive lunchbox).

Besides the main course for lunch (sandwich, salad roll, pasta etc.), you may also include the following -

  • Plain, sweet biscuits
  • Rice crackers/Rice cakes
  • BBQ, Chicken, Pizza Shapes etc.
  • Fruit Fingers
  • Fruit yoghurt
  • Fruit – fresh or canned
  • Plain or yoghurt-topped muesli bars (no nuts)
  • Sultanas or dried fruit
  • Cheese – cubes, slices or sticks etc
  • Le Snacks
  • Vegemite and crackers
  • Breakfast bars (no nuts)
  • Plain popcorn
  • Pikelets and scones
  • Plain custard
  • Fruche
  • Fruit buns
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Sticks

Unhealthy Choices

Unhealthy choices not suitable for children’s snack or lunch boxes are any foods that are sweet, sticky and likely to contribute to tooth decay. Foods high in fat, sugar or salt.

Please DO NOT send any of the following foods to preschool -

  • Chocolate biscuits
  • Cream filled biscuits
  • Lollies
  • LCMs
  • Roll-Ups
  • Cakes (except birthday cake)
  • Donuts
  • Twisties etc
  • Potato Chips
  • Sausage Rolls and Meat Pies
  • Cocoa Pops and sugary cereals
  • Coloured Popcorn
  • Dairy desserts eg. Yogo
  • Choc-chip or chocolate coated muesli bars
  • Chocolate

Please Note: Birthday cake is allowed for the children’s birthdays.