Young children who attend child care centres spend a major part of their day there while their parents are at work. For these children, child care centres play an important role in shaping their food habits.
Preschools that provide food to children must adhere to the Healthy Meals in Preschools Programme (HMPP) guidelines as stipulated in the Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDC) Regulatory Standards (RS) and Code of Practice (COP).
Under this programme, participating schools need to follow the food services guidelines. These include:
Cutting down fat, sugar and sodium
Serving wholegrain, fruit and vegetables
Serving healthy set meals
These meals incorporate food from the four main food groups – brown rice and wholemeal bread, meat and others, vegetable and fruit. These help pre-schoolers receive the appropriate nutrients necessary for their growing needs.
Participating pre-schools are evaluated by assessors commissioned by HPB. Pre-schools are required to meet the
guidelines and can refer to these FAQs for more details. Here is a list of pre-schools who have been accredited.
Party foods in pre-schools tend to be indulgent. Are there healthier party foods? Let’s find out what are some available healthier party food & drinks.
For your reference, we have compiled a list of suppliers that provide healthier food and ingredients.
Our assigned assessors will evaluate participating pre-schools.
Find out more about how some of our participating pre-schools innovatively incorporate healthy eating and nutrition education here.
We have also developed resources to support pre-schools and cooks:
These are some recipes developed for preschools' cooks as a guide to prepare healthier, tasty and appealing meals for preschoolers:
1. Tuna Onigri2. Brown Chicken Rice3. Asian Wanton Mee4. Oriental Beehoon5. Annie's Chicken Briyani6. Liza's Mee Soto7. Nana's Roti Jala8. Ah Teck's Char Kway Teow9. Surprise Hashbrown10. Chrysanthemum drink11. Meatless (Pulled Califlower) BBQ Burger12. Oriental Tofu Wonton Soup13. Ah Tan's Chwee Kueh14. Grandma's Chocolate Cake15. Old School Cookie Monster16. Jack's Bean Soup17. Mama's Yummy Chicken Oat Balls18. Dips & Sticks19. Pulut Hitam in a Cup20. Good Old Chapati and Dhal21. Shrooms Burger22. Oat Crusted Chicken23. The Wolfboy's Pie24. Super Tuna Pizza25. Seoul Good Gimbap26. Daebak Bibimbap27. Oishi Soba28. Chow Mien29. Satay Boy's Crunchy Skewers30. Popcorn Chicken31. Kickin Chicken Nuggets32. Willy's Fries33. Sardine puff's punch34. That Dimsum Roll35. Lemongrass Drink36. Muffin Surprise37. Golden Waffles38. Nonya's Kueh Salat39. Power Tofu Bites40. Sunshine Herb Potato
Preschools may also refer to this
sample 4-week cycle menu to plan and prepare healthier offerings for the children.
For more information or to participate in this programme, kindly email to
email@example.com with the subject heading “Healthy Meals in Pre-schools”.
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