The Munch & Move program is offering free professional development on healthy menu planning to services cooks working in NSW early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. The training is also suitable for service leaders involved in menu planning.
Healthy Menu Planning (HMP) Online is a two-part live webinar series based on the NSW Health Caring for Children: Birth to 5 years (Food, Nutrition and Learning Experiences) resource.
The training includes the following topics:
- Why healthy eating is important for children
- The Australian Dietary Guidelines for children aged 0 to 5 years old
- The ECEC services requirements under the National Quality Framework
- Planning menus based on the Caring for Children guidelines
- Modifying recipes to make them healthier
- Reading and understanding food labels
- Managing challenges such as food costs, fussy eaters, food intolerances and allergies
HMP Online is delivered by the Early Childhood Training and Resource Centre (ECTARC), a registered training organisation that specialise in early childhood training and professional development.
- This course is primarily designed for service cooks.
- A director or service leader involved in menu planning is encouraged to attend to support service cooks to implement healthy menu changes.
- This course is only available to NSW centre-based services that provide main meals.
- To register, services must be trained in the Munch & Move program. If your service is interested in becoming trained in the Munch & Move program, please visit the Training Information page.
- Family Day Care services are not eligible to attend the webinar.
- A maximum of two participants per service can attend.
On 30th November 2020, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) announced that all accredited Professional Development endorsements have been cancelled following an internal review. NSW Health will work to re-submit for endorsement of Healthy Menu Planning Online once applications re-open in 2021.
We will provide further updates as this process takes place but please provide your Teacher Accreditation number on registration if you are working towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. You can also refer to the NESA website for more information.