Pipitea has an in-house cook who provides delicious and nutritious kai for all our tamariki. Kai is provided at morning tea, lunch and afternoon kai. A tea ritual is offered on arrival at Pipitea for tamariki in the Butterfly room and a late afternoon snack of fresh fruit is also offered to all tamariki. Tamariki also participate in “kai creator” once a week, where a recipe is followed during the day to create the afternoon kai snack.
An example of a weekly menu is below:
|Morning kai||Fruit Salad and yoghurt||Muffin Splits with grilled cheese||Pikelets||Rice Cakes with cheese and tomato||Weetbix|
|Lunch||Macaroni Cheese with Cannellini Beans||Spiced Lamb and Lentils||Sweet Potato and Salmon Fishcakes||Meatloaf Magic||Chicken and Rice one Pot Dinner|
|Afternoon kai||Scones||Kai Creator||Cream Cheese and Bean Dip||Munch & Crunch Platter||Apple Cinnamon Slice|
We have achieved the Pā – Harakeke Award Healthy Heart Gold Award which is the highest award possible with the Heart Foundation. This recognises that Pipitea is a flourishing nutritional and physically active environment, the impact of which extends beyond the immediate setting into the wider community.
Food allergies are accommodated, with a dedicated food plan discussed for any child with a food allergy. Pipitea is a nut-free centre.
Whānau are welcome to breast feed at Pipitea at any time. Bottles of formula or expressed breast milk are kept in a dedicated fridge in the Caterpillar room. Tins of formula may also be stored at Pipitea.