Nutrition at Little Moa's
Nurturing little seeds into healthy young people.
Healthy wholefood for little tummies.
Food fit for everyone
Little Moa's 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.
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 has a traditional recipe, we would love to feature it on our menu!
Little Moa's ELC is a nut free zone – no nuts are to be brought to or consumed by children on the premises.
Lunch Box Day
Children in our Rata Grove Space (4yrs and 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.
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.
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 out the special birthday candle and receiving a small birthday gift from Little Moa's; enjoying 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.
Our Kai Creator – Chef Lena Nascimento
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.
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