As your child grows
Chatterbox aims to provide the children with a well-balanced, nutritious menu.
The menu is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents developed by the national Health and Medical Research Council. The daily menu, which includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and late afternoon tea, aims to offer 50% of a child’s daily nutritional requirements. It has been designed to:
- Be flexible and offers food with a variety in colour, texture and taste
- Reflect seasonal changes and available produce;
- Provide for variety and choice within each day’s selections;
- Expose children to food from numerous cultures.
Meals are provided on a flexible schedule with sufficient time allowed for children to eat their desired amount of food. Your child will never be forced to eat more than s/he wants, and while s/he is exposed to a wide variety of foods and encouraged to try, his/her food preference will be respected.
If your child has special dietary requirements an alternative menu choice is provided for lacto-ovo vegetarians (i.e. no meat but includes foods of animal origin such as eggs and dairy foods). In addition, Chatterbox endeavours to cater for children with other special dietary requirements where possible.
Rest and sleep
To ensure that children have the energy to participate fully in all the experiences the Centre offers, a rest time is incorporated into each room’s daily routine.
“Rest” is defined as a period of inactivity, solitude, calmness or tranquillity, and can include a child being asleep.
As we recognise that all children have different sleep requirements, rest time is designed to cater to these differing needs. If your child needs a sleep s/he will be encouraged to do so. Alternatively, your child may take the opportunity to rest and then relax with quiet activities.
Our educators will discuss with you the individual toileting requirements of your child and incorporate these into daily life at Chatterbox.
Educators will maintain hygiene and safety throughout this process and act sensitively to your child’s needs. If your child is not yet toilet trained we will begin this process when your child is ready in consultation with you. It is our goal during toilet training to keep your child comfortable and give him/her a sense of pride and accomplishment.