At Te Mata Kids Havelock North we provide freshly made and cooked meals for children at our childcare centre all year round on Monday to Thursday with lunch boxes from home on Fridays. The children love our lunch box day and it promotes independence and encourages self-help skills in preparation for school.
We see meal times as a special opportunity that allows us to not only provide nourishing food but educate children about healthy food choices and relationships with food.
Dietitian Approved & Designed
We are proud to offer a nutrition and meal service programme called Nourish – “Thriving minds, active bodies, nurtured hearts”. A slogan we hold close to our hearts, we believe that through nourishing food, children are fuelled to thrive physically and mentally, whilst enjoying the benefits of coming together and connecting as a group at mealtimes. Mealtimes are calm, fun, social and children are encouraged to develop table manners and independent skills in serving food by being encouraged to regulate their own portions and clean up after meals.
ECE Menus & Recipes
Our Nourish menus encompass seasonal (Summer and Winter) 4 – week rotating menu, with a wide variety of nourishing meals for the children at our centre.
Our Nourish recipes are dietitian approved, and have been thoughtfully designed using the NZ Heart Foundation’s, Healthy Heart – Gold Award for Early Childhood Centres which is in line with the NZ Food & Nutrition Guidelines and the Ministry of Health (MOH) Healthy Eating for babies, toddlers and children.
Fresh, Real & Wholesome
Across morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, our Nourish menu provides foods that are minimally processed, avoiding recipes that are high in added sugar, instead using fresh, real and wholesome ingredients. Children are provided with well-balanced meals from the four main food groups (breads and cereals, milk and milk products, fruit and vegetables, lean meat and meat alternatives.
Using healthy alternatives, we still offer “crowd favourites” such as, Cottage Pie, Spaghetti Bolognese & Macaroni and Cheese. Some other items you will see on the menu are…. Tuna and Salad Wraps, Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas and Couscous, Crackers & Cheese with Beetroot Dip and Wholemeal Mexican Pita Pockets! YUM…
You can view our menus in centre, or even request one of our menus to try with your children at home!
Contact us or drop into our childcare centre in Havelock North. We’d love to hear from you.
We understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right childcare centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Please contact us or drop into our childcare centre in Havelock North and meet our passionate teachers and team.