Nutrition

Nurturing little seeds into healthy young people.

Refined sugar-free, natural & wholesome meals for little tummies.

Eating healthy meals

We believe that healthy eating habits begin at a young age and we understand the importance of high quality, healthy meals. We strive to serve only natural whole foods. Our meals are refined sugar-free and we celebrate fresh, seasonal, local produce by growing our own organic veggies and fruits in our gorgeous food garden and by building close relationships with local farmers delivering fresh produce to our doors. 

Our menu reflects our belief in care, nurture and respect. We only use free-range eggs and eliminate unnecessary processed foods, high additives and preservatives. We make our own breads, muffins and jam from raw, wholesome ingredients. Our menu can also be altered to cater for children with specific allergies and/or dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan options.

Please note, Pukekohe Early Learning Center is a nut free zone – no nuts are to be brought to or consumed by children on the premises.

Food fit for everyone

Pukekohe Early Learning Centre provides a wholesome menu that can also be altered to cater for children with specific allergies and/or dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan options. 

We encourage our families to participate in our ‘garden-to-table’ program and are more than happy to learn about your family’s secret food recipes and your family’s knowledge about growing organic fruits and vegetables. If your family has a traditional recipe, we would love to feature it on our menu!

Pukekohe ELC is a nut free zone – no nuts are to be brought to or consumed by children on the premises.

Safer Eating Practices

All ECE services that provide food need to ensure that it is prepared in accordance with the newly introduced Ministry of Health guidance to reduce the risk of choking, while still meeting the nutritional and developmental needs of each child. As we sometimes have food brought in from home for special occasions, we will also now require these foods to meet the same guidelines.

Foods that are provided by families that do not meet these new guidelines will now either need to be processed at the centre in accordance with the guidelines OR if we are required to exclude them, removed and if necessary, replaced with another suitable food option from the centre kitchen.

We understand that these new guidelines may require more preparation and thought on the foods you provide for your child.

Please see below for the best practice guidelines from the Ministry of Health. If you have any questions, or would like further information, please speak to the centre manager. 

Thanks in advance for your support with these guidelines, we really appreciate it! 

Birthday Treats

In helping shape our children’s attitudes towards food we celebrate birthdays in house with a delectable healthy treat for the your child on our special birthday plate.

At afternoon tea, the birthday tamariki gets to enjoy this treat, surrounded by waiata (song), blowing out the special birthday candle and receiving a small birthday gift from Pukekohe ELC; enjoying their special day with their peers. 

Celebrating a child’s birthday helps them to develop a sense of self-worth, recognising that they are important to others and an important part of the group. Celebrations like this enable children to share something that is important to them and through this they can continue to develop important social skills and awareness of others in the group.

Playtime is precious

“Play is the work of the child”
Maria Montessori