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:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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.