• Iris Windsor

Chef Prepared Meals at Dragonfly's

Updated: Jan 23, 2019

No more lunch boxes for Mums and Dads to prepare each day!



Crazy Kids!!!!!! They literally "feed" off each other's antics!!!!

Dragonfly’s Early Learning provides high quality, organic and locally sourced, nutritionally balanced chef prepared meals daily for the children. Not only does this mean less pressure on preparing lunch boxes, it encourages your child to try new foods alongside their friends and teaches healthy eating habits, which is a valuable mindset to learn at an early age.


Deliveries of fresh fruit arrive at the centre a couple of times a week, much of it right from the growers to us

The food we provide gives your children a healthy start to the day and instils positive eating patterns that will benefit them now and later in life.


The menu changes daily featuring a wide selection of choices to keep children enjoying meal times. We are able to cater for special dietary requirements. To advise of any dietary requirements that you may have for your child, just speak to our Nominated Supervisor.


We monitor your child’s eating habits to ensure they have enough energy and nutrients to support their little bodies.


The children are encouraged to make their own food choices from the prepared foods presented to them. It does your heart good and is really interesting to stand and watch this process. They are so cute and, and at the same time, so grown up using the food tongs to make their choices in the company of their friends. There is often quite some discussion between them, and sometimes encouragement, in relation to food choices. we find that the children's food experiences broaden through this process.


Our food choices ensure that your little Dragonflies are eating the best food possible as part of their early learning experience. There are a few things that you can do at home to help develop a healthy interest in food  


    1       Get them involved
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If you involve kids in planning meals, going grocery shopping, going to the markets and preparing food, they will become invested in the process and more likely to eat. Even toddlers too young to make grocery lists can help you make choices (pears or nectarines? cheddar or swiss?) along the way. Simple, no-cook recipes like frozen yogurt popsicles or fruit parfaits are an excellent way to get young chefs interested in healthy cooking and eating.

2       Go to the source
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Teach kids where their food comes from. Rather than limiting yourself to the weekly supermarket run, take your family to a local farmer’s market (or to the farm itself) and meet the people who grow the food. Picking berries from a vine can help nurture a lifelong love of good eating and environmental stewardship. Visiting a dairy farm can teach children where their milk comes from (and why we should care about what goes in it). Planting tomatoes and melons in the garden may tempt a child to try the fruits of their labor.

3       Make healthy snacks available. 


If you stock the kitchen exclusively with healthy treats, children will eat them. As your children grow, stock good snacks in cabinets and shelves that they can reach without your help.
 Some kids eat more when they’re in the car than when they’re at the table simply because active play isn’t a viable alternative when you’re strapped in. Make sure you’re prepared with nutritious snacks whether you’re driving the carpool or going to soccer practice.

Good choices include sliced apples, carrot sticks, whole grain crackers, light popcorn, raisins and water bottles.

4       Give them freedom of choice.


Like the rest of us, kids want to have it their way. But no parent wants to be a short order cook, making four different meals for four different family members. Instead try the fixings bar approach. Offer a suitable base meal, like rice and beans, whole wheat tortillas or lean ground taco meat. Then let kids (and adults) dress it up with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, cheese, salsa, jicama, parsley, peppers and other toppings. You might also try a pasta bar with a variety of healthy sauces. This approach works especially well when you?re serving young guests whose food preferences you may have trouble predicting.
Kids like choices at snack time too, so consider packing an insulated lunch bag full of good snacks so they can make their own smart choices (and you can avoid hearing “I don’t want THAT!”).

5       Drink to that
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Remember that your child doesn’t have to just eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day ....they can also drink them. Smoothies and mixed fruit drinks like watermelon slush and mango lassi can be a fun way to introduce new fruits.

6       Be a role model
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A recent study found that young children’s food tastes are significantly related to foods that their mothers liked and disliked. Letting your child see you order a fresh salad rather a burger and fries at the drive-through may encourage her to do the same.

7       Don’t give up
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Studies show that most children need multiple exposures (between 5 and 10) to try new foods. This isn’t to say that showing your child the same papaya or avocado five nights in a row will win her over, but rather to suggest that you shouldn’t give up the first time she rejects something.

8       Teach healthy eating habits early
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Use meal and snack times as teachable moments to help even the youngest children make wise food choices.


To learn more about Dragonfly's Early Learning, go to:

https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us


You can call us to discuss your childcare needs or arrange a walk through on 5471 6500


Go to www.chefforkids.com for more information on prepared meals