Child care centre 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 centre 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 as implementd by the Departments of Community Services and Health Promotion & Protection.  


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

To contribute towards the ongoing development of these tools/resources and to share your menu planning ideas with other child care centres menu planners, please join the CCC Menu Blog..

For more information about this project please contact us at