Wholesome, Chef-Designed Meals Your Child Will Love

Your child will develop healthy eating habits that will set them up for making smart eating decisions for the rest of their lives.

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In our experience nurturing a child’s development begins with a strong focus on their physical wellbeing, and at the heart of this for us is a commitment to healthy eating.

Supporting Growing Bodies and Minds

Inspiring Your Child’s Appreciation of Food

Children learn more about food when they are involved in the growth and preparation of ingredients. Your child will have hands-on involvement in seasonal planting, caring for and harvesting plants used as ingredients in our daily menus.

Delicious and Healthy Seasonal Menus

Your child’s delicious and healthy meals are prepared by qualified and experienced Chefs, who can cater meals to individual dietary requirements. Our kitchens are well resourced to ensure daily meals are delivered using nutritious, fresh ingredients with a focus on both quality and taste.

Learning the Importance of Meal Times

Mealtimes are fundamental to the development of your child’s social and life skills. Children are encouraged to engage in conversation with their peers and use ‘real’ crockery and cutlery, as part of their growth and learning.

Meet Philip & Jason

Philip Abulencia is our Paisley Park Head Chef and Mentor. Philip is passionate about showcasing the wonderful produce we have available and our ‘garden to plate’ approach to food and sustainability. Philip works with and mentors our centre Chefs to develop our delicious seasonal menus and to educate children about healthy eating through fun and sensory activities.

Jason Standring is our Paisley Park Consultant Chef. Jason works with our centre teams to ensure the highest standards across our centres in food safety, chemical safety and food allergy and intolerances procedures and compliance. Jason manages inductions for all new chefs and kitchen staff and advises on design and fit-out for our kitchens.

With many years of experience and a strong focus on quality, Philip and Jason are integral in supporting our Chefs to serve delicious and nutritious meals our children love.

Paisley Park’s Seasonal Menus

In collaboration with our Centre chefs, Philip regularly updates our seasonal menus with deliciously wholesome dishes and works with our chefs to inspire them with new ideas and techniques.

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Or view some of the inspired recipes below…

Apricot Chicken Tagine

  • Ingredients
  • (Serves 4)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Good pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 6 deboned chicken thigh cutlets
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 300g dried apricots
  • 1 lemon, cut into 1cm slices, pips removed

Avocado Cannelloni

  • Ingredients
  • (Serves 4)
  • White bean aioli
  • 1x 400g tin white beans drained and washed
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp soy milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup diced and roasted Parsnips
  • 1 cup diced roma tomatoes
  • ½ cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • Salt and pepper

Bolognaise of Mushroom Meatballs

  • Ingredients
  • (Serves 6)
  • 250g chicken mince
  • 250g veal mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 350g mushroom mince
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli optional
  • 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp thickened cream
  • 1 splash sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 spanish red onion, finely chopped
  • olive oil for frying

Healthy Zucchini Burgers

  • Ingredients
  • (Serves 4)
  • 4 whole grain bread rolls
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (sliced)
  • 3 medium beetroots
  • Bunch of baby spinach leaves
  • 100g zucchini, grated
  • 80g canned chickpeas
  • 40g feta, crumbled
  • 50g Manchego, grated
  • 1 tbsp capers small
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • ½ bunch chopped chives
  • 2 spring onions

Upside-down Cannelloni

  • Ingredients
  • (Serves 4)
  • Freshly grated Manchego or Parmesan cheese
  • 6 fresh lasagna sheets
  • ½ cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 200 g white cup mushrooms
  • 100 g spinach
  • 300 g ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
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6 days ago
Paisley Park

The Winter Menu at Paisley Park Early Learning Centre Malvern East (VIC) reads like one you would find in a restaurant. Featuring dishes such as Beef Fajitas, Roast Lamb with Vegetables and Cous Cous, Thai Green curry on jasmine rice and Indian Spice Bliss balls. Yum! Mealtimes are considered fundamental to the development of social skills, with children and Educators engaging in conversations about fresh ingredients, healthy eating and their daily experiences. Each day children also get to practice their independence and self-help skills by serving themselves, scraping their own bowls and plates into scrap buckets when finishing, and washing their own dishes in the mini sinks. paisleypark.com.au/our-centres/childcare-paisley-park-malverneast-vic/#paisleyparkmalverneast#EYLFOutcome3Wellbeing#NQSQA1ProgramPractice#food # Nutrition ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Paisley Park

Children at Paisley Park Early Learning Centre Malvern East (VIC) love taking care of their pets. Here we are ensuring our animals have fresh food and water and cleaning their enclosure. The highlight of our day is collecting freshly laid eggs from our chickens. We can even take them home to share with our families. We feed our pets kitchen scraps and left over food from our mealtimes. This type of hands on learning helps children understand the concepts of recycling and sustainability as well as teaching them about responsibility and empathy for others. At Paisley Park we love our animals! paisleypark.com.au/our-centres/childcare-paisley-park-malverneast-vic/#paisleyparkmalverneast#EYLFOutcome3Wellbeing#EYLFOutcome4ConfidentLearners#NQSQA3PhysicalEnvironment ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Paisley Park

What fun we had officially opening our new Paisley Park Early Learning Centre on Main North Rd, Prospect (SA). There was much interest from the local community, who enjoyed seeing what had become of their heritage-listed Prospect Tram Shed. Thank you to Mayor David O'Loughlin for sharing his historical knowledge and to local Aboriginal elder Uncle Tamaru for bringing us together, to create a shared understanding of our past, and our future as one. The food was great, the children were excited and all went home happy. We love being part of our new Prospect community. Thank you for celebrating this milestone with us😀 paisleypark.com.au/our-centres/childcare-prospect-sa/#paisleyparkprospect #eylfqcommunity#nqsqacommunity#community ... See MoreSee Less

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