Refined sugar-free, Natural & wholesome
Nurturing little seeds into healthy young people
At Little Moas Early Leaning centre, we understand the importance of high quality, healthy meals. We grow our own organic veggies and herbs, and we strive to serve only natural whole foods. Our foods will never contain unnecessary artificial preservatives or contain unnecessary refined-sugar ingredients.
We believe that healthy eating habits begin at a young age and that children are strongly influenced by adults and their peers! Our teachers will model good eating habits and will sit with the children during mealtimes to encourage them to eat with appropriate table manners while they interact with each other.
We focus on offering meals that have been carefully considered to provide high quality, nutrient dense options while eliminating processed foods, high additives and preservatives. We have a qualified chef Lena Nascimento, who prepares delicious wholesome, refined sugar free meals in house, fresh, every day. With a Diploma in International Cookery under her belt, as well as a National Certificate in Hospitality and Food Safety Certificate, Lena is an experienced and highly skilled chef. Together with our Educational Consultants, Lena has designed a menu inspired by flavours from around the world while considering ingredients that optimise nutritional value.
Little Moas provides a wholesome menu that can also be altered to cater for children with specific allergies and/or dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan options. For our youngest tamariki we are guided by parents and whanau only introducing new foods after you have introduced them at home following your recommendations about the desired consistency and textures of these new foods. Little Moas ELC is a nut free zone – no nuts are to be brought to or consumed by children on the premises.
We encourage our families to participate in our ‘garden-to-table’ program and are more than happy to learn about your family’s secret food recipes and your family’s knowledge about growing organic fruits and vegetables. If your family had a traditional recipe we would love to feature it on our menu!
Children in the our Rata Grove Space, for children four an over, are encouraged to participate in Lunch Box day one day a week. We support parents and whanau in this new journey, providing resources and support with a lunchbox tips and tricks guide to help ensure everyone is prepared for lunch boxes when our tamariki go to school.
In helping shape our children’s attitudes towards food we celebrate birthdays in house with a delectable healthy treat for the your child on our special birthday plate. At afternoon tea the birthday tamariki gets to enjoy this treat, surrounded by waiata (song), blowing our the special birthday candle and receiving a small birthday gift from Little Moas celebrating their special day with their peers. Celebrating a child’s birthday helps them to develop a sense of self-worth, recognising that they are important to others and an important part of the group. Celebrations like this enable children to share something that is important to them and through this they can continue to develop important social skills and awareness of others in the group.
In our journey of sustainability we encourage children to compost all food waste at Little Moas, or we save it to feed our worms! In all of the kai spaces we have We Compost collection bins to collect all food scraps and organic waste. By composting organic waste, We Compost turn it into a valuable resource which is used to enrich soil. Healthy soils hold carbon in a living form and play an important role in our local food production.
We Compost collects our compostable waste and take it to Tuakau, where they dispose of the compostable waste at a commercial facility, Envirofert. Over about 9 weeks, everything breaks down with their special composting methods! The compost is then distributed to farms in the Pukekohe and Bombay areas. Fun fact: most of the compost generated by We Compost is currently being used on kiwifruit farms!
This full circle can be illustrated to our tamariki when feeding our worms. They see the organic waste go into the top level and start to see it breaking down. Eventually we gather the castings from the worm farms and are able to add this to our veggie gardens – superfood nutrients for our growing plants! When our plants are ready for harvest our tamariki help Lena to gather from the garden ready to prepare in the kitchen!