Nutritionally Balanced Meals

Our centre holds a five star Eat Safe rating which was awarded through the Gold Coast City Council and audited through an external auditor annually.

All of our meals are cooked fresh on site and produce is delivered by local food suppliers which helps us to support small businesses in the local area. We understand that teaching children early about nutrition starts in these early years. We are committed to providing fresh produce to allow our Food Safety Supervisor to prepare meals that the children will not only enjoy but will also set them on the road to a healthy mind and body.

Children's nutrition is paramount when it comes to their learning and many experts have closely linked the two being the basis for longevity and learning outcomes being achieved.

At Essence Early Learning, we use local produce in all of our meals to ensure your child is getting the vital nutrients they need for growth. We also include indigenous recipes in our weekly meal rotation.

Menu Sample 

We display the menu daily on the noticeboard at the front door along with the full menu on display on the noticeboard near the kitchen. You will also find the nutritional information at the bottom of each menu.


Mealtimes are a great time for children to use their social skills and engage in meaningful conversations. This builds self-esteem and confidence to be able to put these skills into practice.

It is also a time for Educators to sit with the children and interact and at times can lead to Intentional teaching and teachable moments as well as assisting in building these very important social skills.

Mealtimes are relaxed and supervised to encourage healthy eating practices.

Allergy Facts

  • “It is estimated that 5% of Australian children suffer from food allergies and some of them will experience a life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction.
  • There are 9 foods that account for 90% of allergic reactions: egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans etc) sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.
  • Peanuts are the leading cause of fatal food-induced anaphylactic reaction
  • Currently there is no cure for food allergy. Avoidance of the food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.

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