Child care setting menus plan for the provision of nutritious meals and snacks necessary for the optimum health and growth of the young children in their care. Creative and appealing menus can also contribute towards the acceptance of a variety of new foods and lifelong healthy eating habits.

Menus must also balance the needs and wants of the children in their care; the expectations of the parents; the limitations of the setting space, time and budgets; and the complex details of government regulations and policies.

Please note that the tools/resources found on this site are intended to support but not to replace the licensing  requirements specified by the NS Day Care Act and the NS Manual for Food and Nutrition in Regulated Child Care Settings.

With this in mind and with valuable input from Nova Scotia child care menu planners, this Project developed:



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