FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you cater for food allergies and intolerances?

When your child has dietary intolerances or allergies, we know it can be tough to manage and place your trust in others to have the same level of care as you do. We understand and we carefully cater to ALL dietary requirements including gluten free, lactose free, nut free and vegetarian options. Meals that are for special preferences will be marked accordingly, so carers at your daycare centre will know what is meant for your child.

Do you cater for babies?

The nutrition and feeding schedule for babies is drastically different to an older child. This is why we our menus are designed accordingly based on each infant’s age group – from 6 to 9 months, 9 to 12 months, and then 1 to 5 years.

Our baby menu has been created following the Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines. They recommend, in addition to continuing breast milk or infant formula for the first 12 months, that a variety of solids be introduced from each of the Five Food Groups, with varied textures ranging from pureed, soft, mashed and finger food. By 12 months of age, babies should be eating a wide variety of family foods.

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Where do the meals get delivered to?

Our blue-card qualified drivers will deliver your child’s meals direct to the daycare centre before 8am, every day from Monday to Friday. The meals are kept in temperature monitored containers and transported in refrigerated vans.

How are your meals different to other childcare caterers?

All Chef for Kids Menus are made from scratch the day before, with love, using real whole food ingredients. Balanced nutrition comes from not a single meal, but by eating a wide variety of foods across the course of a day and also the whole week.

Each daily menu has been designed to ensure variety of nutrients and are served in a manner proven to appeal to the tastes of young kids.

What are Wholefoods?

Wholefoods any food that comes straight from a plant or animal. These foods don’t contain any unfavourable ingredients such as refined sugar, additives, colours, vegetables oils, refined carbohydrates or trans fats.

It’s real food if:

  • If it grew in the ground or lived on a tree,
  • If it lived on the land or swam in the sea.

Chef for Kids Menus are based upon whole foods.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are essential in providing fibre to aid digestion and fill little tummies. They also contain the best source of a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. The wider the variety of fruits and veggies, the wider the range of nutrients we are putting into their bodies. Getting veggies into kids isn’t always easy, that’s why we get creative to make it more appealing for kids by serving chopped veggies, dips such as hummus, cheese and fruit for snacks, plus a wide variety of veggies grated into meals including our homemade lasagne and sausage rolls.

Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient and the building block for growing bodies and developing brains. Protein keeps little tummies feeling fuller for longer, so by including some protein in most meals and snacks, helps to control blood sugar and reduces the “hangry” meltdowns.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates give kids the energy they need these to fuel their brains and muscles. It is important that they are included in our diet, but what is even more important is the quality of carbohydrate. We choose plant based or whole grain carbohydrates over refined and processed carbs such as sugars and white flours.

Extras

Our baked goods are made from scratch – with love, using whole food ingredients.