Nutritional Menu

Our menus at Child’s Play are developed by our Centre Cook with contribution from management, educators, children, parents, extended family and the community. We look to recommendations from State health departments and legislation, along with the healthy diet pyramid recommended serves per day and try to cater for a high portion of these for the time your child is in our care.

We cater for children with specific dietary requirements, allergies and anaphylaxis, in full consultation with the family and recommendations in writing from your child’s medical practitioner. We also cater for cultural dietary requirements such as Halal products, vegetarian and vegan. Please discuss your child’s specific requirements with us upon enrolment.

Children also love cooking and the many learning experiences and skills it brings with it. Measuring, volume, adding, taking away, multiplying, mixing colours, textures, smells, money and change are just some of the learning topics covered through cooking. Our rooms try to incorporate a cooking experience once a week when it fits with the safe use of the kitchen. In every centre we also have veggie patches, it is important to teach children where food comes from and how it is used and processed to make the food we eat.

Summer Menu

Drinks are offered throughout the day with meals are Milk and Water and also Water is offered all throughout the day, and is self-served by the children in the age appropriate rooms.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Raisin toast and sliced Bananas Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter with cheese cubes Yoghurt and Seasonal Fruit Salad Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter with cheese cubes Mango, Pineapple & Banana Bread with Apple Slices
Lunch Chinese Pork Chow Mein with Steamed Rice Thai Beef Noodle Salad Mexican Chicken Taco’s with lettuce, cheese, tomato & sour cream. Crumbed Fish fillets with mashed potato and mixed vegetables (carrots, peas and corn) Vegetarian Lasagna includes spinach, beans & zucchini
2nd Course Sliced Apple & Carrot sticks Watermelon slices Orange slices and Grapes Banana smoothie Garlic Bread
Afternoon Tea Mezze nibble platter: cheese, dip, raw vegies, dried fruit, with rice or whole grain crackers Sultana & Oat cookies served with assorted fruit American pumpkin pie scones with choice of margarine or maple syrup Pizza scrolls made with greek yoghurt pastry, oregano, tomato, cheese and pineapple Vanilla natural yoghurt with seasonal fruit platter
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter Corn Bread with Pear and Grapes Cruskits with cottage cheese, banana and cinnamon, served with apple slices Raisin toast with Banana slices Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter
Lunch Sandwiches made with selection of cold meat, salad and cheese fillings Italian Pork Bolognese with a Garden Salad Beef Stroganoff with potato mash and green vegetables Indian Butter Chicken with Steamed Rice Tuna & Mushroom Pasta Bake with green vegie salad
2nd Course Sliced Apple Garlic Bread Sweet Corn Cobs Mango Lassi (Indian Yoghurt Drink) Watermelon Slices
Afternoon Tea Spinach and Cheese Damper Mezze nibble platter: cheese, dip, raw vegies, dried fruit, with rice or whole grain crackers Warm Apple and Oats with custard Corn Flake Cookies with a seasonal fruit platter Garlic, Cheese and Bacon scones with carrot and celery sticks
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Vanilla Yoghurt with assorted fruit platter Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter English muffin pizza with assorted fruit platter Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter Rice cakes with Dip & cubed cheese, served with carrot sticks
Lunch Greek Eggplant & Lamb Moussaka with Cucumber salad Basa Fish Fillet & Vegetable pie Moroccan Pork with Basmati rice and Middle Eastern Vegie Salad Savory Beef Mince topped spuds served with Coleslaw Apricot Chicken with Brown rice
2nd Course Watermelon Slices Apple Slices & Grapes Pear & Orange Slices Cantaloupe & Apple slices Dinner Rolls and Butter
Afternoon Tea Herb and Cheese Bread served with tomato relish Vegemite & Cheese Scrolls made with Greek Yoghurt pastry Mezze nibble platter: cheese, dip, raw vegies, dried fruit, with rice or whole grain crackers Spiced Apple Muffins & Fruit Carrot, sultana and Maple syrup loaf served with fruit platter
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Cruskits & Dip served with Fruit platter Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter Pineapple Rice yoghurt Herb & Cheese crumpets with Fruit platter Fresh fruit & raw vegetable platter
Lunch Italian Basil Chicken & Vegetable Pene pasta Indian Vegetable Korma Curry Wraps & Pita bread with selection of cold meats, salads and cheese Vietnamese pork served with jasmine rice South African (inspired) Beef Bobotie with potato salad
2nd Course Garlic Bread Peach Lassi (Indian Yoghurt Drink) Seasonal Fruit Platter Watermelon slices Flat Bread
Afternoon Tea Zucchini Scones with chutney & Seasonal Fruit Platter Warm peach, pear & oats with vanilla yoghurt Raspberry & coconut loaf served with a Seasonal Fruit Platter Mezze nibble platter: cheese, dip, raw vegies, dried fruit, with rice or whole grain crackers Date and apricot muffins served with a Seasonal Fruit Platter
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.

Winter Menu

Drinks are offered throughout the day with meals are Milk and Water and also Water is offered all throughout the day, and is self-served by the children in the age appropriate rooms.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Cruskits with spreads-Vegemite and Jam Raisin Toast with Bananas Yoghurt and Seasonal Fruit Platter Strawberry, Pear and Vanilla Bread Crumpets with Vegemite / Jam
Lunch Tuna Pasta Mornay with Vegetables Beef Cottage Pie with Crispy Mash Spanish Meatball & Cannellini Bean Soup Aaroz Con Pollo (Spanish Chicken Tomato base risotto) Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Garlic Penne Pasta
2nd Course Watermelon & Rockmelon Pear and Grapes Bread Rolls with Butter Sliced Apple and Sultanas Rice Crackers and Cheese Cubes
Afternoon Tea Vegetable sticks, pita bread, sliced meats & roast capsicum dip Cheese cubes, dry fruits and salada biscuits Vegemite scrolls and Apple slices Rice Cakes with spreads and seasonal fruit platter Funfetti Cookies and seasonal fruit platter
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Yoghurt and Fruit Platters Seasonal Fruit Platter Ham, Cheese & Tomato Toasties Banana Bread with Apple Slices Rice Cakes & Spreads with Seasonal Fruit Platter
Lunch Asian Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup and Spring Rolls Beef Lasagne with Garlic Bread Coconut Fish Curry with Steamed Rice Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with chick peas and couscous Vegetable Potato Bake
2nd Course Dried Fruit Platter Pear and Grapes Rice Crackers and Sultanas Vanilla Yoghurt Watermelon
Afternoon Tea Mixed Sandwiches Cruskits with spreads Jam Donut Muffins with Seasonal Fruit Platter Dry Fruits, Cheese Cubes and Rice Crackers Plum Cake
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Cruskits with spreads and Pear slices Raisin toast and Apple slices Toasted English Muffins with Cheese and Tomato Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Banana Yoghurt and Fruit Platter
Lunch Beef Stroganoff with mashed potato and green veggies Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup Fettuccini Carbonara Butter Chicken with Steamed Rice Corn and Tuna Parcels
2nd Course Mandarins and dried cranberries Garlic Bread Fresh Fruit Platter Naan Bread Dried Fruit Platter
Afternoon Tea Pizza Scrolls Fresh Fruit Platter with cheese cubes and water crackers Zucchini Slice Salads with spreads and Fruit platter Carrot Cake with Cream cheese icing
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Assorted Cereals; Weet bix, Rice Puffs or Corn Flakes served with Milk or/and Toast with Vegemite or Jam.

Crumpets, English Muffins or Raisin Toast are also sometimes available.
Morning Tea Yoghurt and seasonal fruit Rice Cakes with Jam and Vegemite Raisin Toast and Fruit Platter Crumpets with Spreads & Fruit Platter Apple and Date Loaf
Lunch Roasted Vegetable Risotto Empire Meatloaf, Sweet Potato mash and mixed vegetables Tuscan Fish Bake with Rice Mexican Chicken Tortilla Stack served with Sour Cream Bacon and Corn Chowder
2nd Course Water Crackers Assorted Dried Fruits Rice Crackers and Cheese Corn Chips Apple Slices
Afternoon Tea Mixed Sandwiches Custard and Fruit Platter Pineapple and Coconut Muffins Vegetable Sticks, Hommus, Crackers and sliced meats Cruskits with spreads and fruit platter
Late Snack 5.30pm A variety of Rice cakes, fresh fruit, pita bread, vegie sticks, crackers, cheese, dips, raisin bread, sandwiches etc.

This is just a small snack for children still at the Centre to help tie them over to dinner time when they arrive home.

Fruit Bowls are available to children during the day for them to help selves to fruit if hungry.

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About Child’s Play ELC

Child’s Play Early learning is a family owned business, Ian and Sam Johnson that have over 20 years experience in Education.  The Child’s Play brand has high expectations and the Tarneit service is rated “exceeding”.

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Phone: 03 5296 0105
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642 Tarneit Road
Tarniet Vic 3029
Tel: 03 9748 2004
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