Long day care centres can help children eat more vegetables!

Long day care centres are ideally placed to increase children’s vegetable intake by providing more vegetables in snacks and meals, as well as importantly, helping to improve children’s familiarity with vegetables through play and learning experiences.

  • Around 72% of children aged two to three years regularly attend formal care, such as long day care, spending an average of 16 hours in care every week [2].
  • For children attending care for eight hours a day the majority of their daily meals and snacks are provided in care.
  • For those children attending centres that serve cooked meals, 40-60% of their daily food intake – including vegetables – is provided by the centre [3].

You will find lots of free helpful resources and information on this website to support your centre’s staff including management, cooks and educators in encouraging children to eat more vegetables.

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1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 4364.0.55.001 - National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18. 2018 [cited 2019 19 Sept];
Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4364.0.55.001~2017-18~Main%20Features~Children’s%20risk%20factors~120.

2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 4402.0 - Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2017. 2018 [cited 2019 19 Sept];
Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/PrimaryMainFeatures/4402.0?OpenDocument

3. Pollard, C., J. Lewis, and M. Miller, Food service in long day care centres - an opportunity for public health intervention Aust N Z J Public Health, 1999. 23(6): p. 606-610.