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    DD only attends before and after school care (so afternoon tea/late snack), but she also attends vacation care, where she has the centre menu as well.

    I'd say it's fairly healthy, but honestly, it's also really really boring.

    Morning tea is veges, sandwiches and fruit. Lunch is sandwiches. Afternoon tea is sandwiches/scones/fruit/veges/occasionally a cupcake or fairy bread or something.

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    DD is in an inner city childcare, she doesn't eat breakfast there but they have toast and cereal on offer. Morning tea is generally just fruit or sometimes fruit and crackers. Lunch is generally a cooked lunch, I think once a fortnight they have sandwiches. Afternoon tea is generally things like rice cakes and Vegemite, cheese and crackers, yoghurt, mini pikelets, raisin toast or something like that. I've not noticed it being anything particularly unhealthy like fairy bread but I do forget to look a fair bit these days!

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    The snacks at our daycare are fruit, milk arrowroot biscuits, popcorn (air popped), sultanas. I have never seen fairy bread or even muffins/cakes on the sheet.
    And they serve a hot lunch, casserole or spaghetti etc. Its great, it means on daycare night I can give the kids toast for dinner and not feel bad about it!
    I would say something, there are other easy alternatives they could be giving rather than jelly and custard or fairy bread.

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    My daughter's daycare is exactly as you described - even down to the chef leaving and trying to find someone else!! They also do things like cake and custard for afternoon tea etc. But it hasnt been an issue for us as we went preservative free in our household for behaviour issues and so I pack my own meals for DD to take to daycare so she doesnt eat what they have anyhow. I think good childcare is hard to find so I guess if you are really happy with the centre but not the food it might be worth staying and packing your own. Or even just casually mentioning it and see what they suggest.

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    My sin gets heaps of pasta. Creamy sauce and rice! It's driving my bonkers but I've never been one to speak up. I'm thinking ill start packing his lunch has its really bad.

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    Uggghhh this makes me so cross

    Food is one of the areas in children's services centres where management can, and do the absolute minimum.

    All services are encouraged to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents, not to mention that children in long day care, must receive a minimum of 50% of their RDI of essential nutrients.

    I would ask to see the centre's Nutrition Policy, and take it from there. All centres must have policies pertaining to food/drink and food handling.

    The policy would outline the type of food the centre should be serving - you can just point out that you don't see this happening.

    I get that the centre may be under pressure, but really - vege sticks and dip, savoury muffins, fruit salad and yoghurt etc ....it's not hard.

    Good luck
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    I live in a very low socioeconomic area and our daycare only does "treats" occasionally for birthdays or celebrations. Ususally morning tea is fruit and yoghurt, afternoon tea is cheese, rice crackers, fruit smoothies, vege sticks and dip, more fruit, sultanas or other dried fruit .. that sort of stuff. I would say something if I were you.

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    Ive never seen fairy bread on the menu at my kids daycare thankfully. Their arvo tea is usually cheese n bickies, or sao's with spread, savoury muffins or similar.

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    Exactly what sweetsugardumplin' said.
    Ask to see a week's menu and also the centers food/nutrition policy.

    My DD's center is a "Start right, eat right" center and only offer healthy nutritious meals and provide 50% of the RDI across all food groups. Last week during an orientation visit lunch was served, and it was wraps with chicken and salad!

    I am doing my Cert III in children's services & one assessment was doing a menu plan and I can promise you had I put fairy bread or jelly on the menu my lecturer would've shot me!

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    Thank you for all your responses!

    I'm so envious of all you parents with kids at healthy centres! It's so great to hear that the majority have such policies on nutrition.

    I'm going to have a chat to the director, and also try to get DD into the nearby centre that has all healthy meals. Will see if I can pack her own meals in the meantime (urgh, at over $100 a day I wish they could just feed her properly!).
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