Early childhood education and care services

Whether food is brought from home or prepared onsite, the food eaten in early childhood services play important role in helping children develop good eating habits.

We offer training, menu assessments, presentations and nutrition expertise to assist early childhood and outside school hours care (OSHC) services in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania to promote healthy eating in line with National Quality Standard.


Long day care menu packs


 4-week seasonal rotating menu or 12 month subscription option

 120 delicious, dietitian-approved children’s recipes

 Shopping list containing every ingredient on your customised menu

All recipe quantities tailored to your centre

Meets the National Quality Standard

PLUS free online training to plan healthy menus and promote healthy eating 

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Healthy eating in the National Quality Standard - A guide for early childhood education and care services

Nutrition Australia has created a summary of all of the heathy eating requirements for early childhood education and care services in a handy guide, called Healthy Eating in National Quality Standard (PDF).

The guide was developed with Victorian Department of Education and Training to assist education and care services to provide appropriate nutrition to children, promote healthy eating and meet the element 2.1.3* of the National Quality Standard (revised 2018), and relevant National Regulations.

The guide is divided into four sections, based on what’s required in each type of service:

  • long day care services
  • outside school hours care services
  • family day care services
  • kindergarten and other education and care services

It provides examples of how providers, services and supervisors might meet or exceed each area.

Authorised officers can also use the guide to assist them in determining whether education and care services meet the requirements of element 2.1.3* of the National Quality Standard and the National Regulations.

Click here to read more about the 'Healthy eating in the National Quality Standard' guide.


C‚Äčommunity Child Care Association professional development catalogue

Nutrition Australia Vic early years services are promoted in this brand new professional development catalogue from Community Child Care Association. The catalogue gives educators the chance to listen and learn directly from leading 




Sometimes schools need a little help to get the whole school and wider community motivated about making healthy changes, especially when it comes to food.



Healthy Eating Advisory Service

Nutrition Australia Vic Division runs the Healthy Eating Advisory Service to support Victorian primary and secondary schools to provide healthy food and drinks, and to meet the requirements the requirements of the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy

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