We provide four nutritious meals daily to help fuel our busy and energetic children. Thought, care and preparation go into ensuring we are providing the best possible nutritional meals with consideration to the Healthy Heart Programme. Tamariki are encouraged to participate in cooking activities which helps them to understand where food comes from and to develop healthy eating habits.
All meals are prepared on site including a cooked lunch most days, as well as morning and afternoon tea, and a late snack. Breakfast is also available for those early starters who need it. Our menus are developed in four-week cycles and change to suit the seasons.
We are respectful of cultural dietary requirements, and will also work with families to ensure that any intolerances or allergies your child may have are catered for.
Our sustainability journey is one which we are taking together, with staff and tamariki collectively increasing awareness and identifying opportunities for improvement.
We are instilling the value of sustainability into our tamariki and work hard to encourage forward thinkers.With their help and leadership we have created a very successful produce garden. This is a strong focus within our centre and our children are very proud to be able to share any over supply with whanau.Our children are invited to help prepare meals and snacks from the produce that they have grown, taking great pride in it.
As part of our sustainability programme food scraps are either composted on site or collected by a local farmer as food for their pigs.
In the last year we have added a worm farm which continues to be of great interest to our tamariki and a fantastic teaching and learning resource.
We recycle as much waste as possible from the centre, and use pre-loved materials donated by centre families in art and craft projects.
Little Sparks are also part of a great initiative called ‘paper for trees’, where the more recycling we do the more trees we receive in return. To date we have been able to plant our perimeter with trees and vines as part of this program.
We encourage the use of reusable bags and support our families who choose to use reusable nappies for their children.