At Kids College we provide healthy food and encourage healthy living principles. We provide all the food for your little ones from our kitchen made by out two chefs. We also work to very high hygiene and safety standards, especially with our food preparation. This article covers our food safety practices.
Education and care services must prepare and provide food in a way that is safe for the children in their care, to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases through food. Standard 3.3.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code states that education and care services must have a documented food safety program.
Food safety is monitored by the health department in each state and territory; check your health department’s website for the specific requirements for food safety.
Food is an excellent place for germs to grow in the right conditions, the number of bacteria in food can double every 30 minutes. Germs that do not grow in food can still be passed from person to person in food. Germs that are common on our skin and in the environment can cause food poisoning if they grow to large numbers in food.
For these reasons, food safety is an important part of infection control at Kids College. The best ways to prevent diseases spreading through food are hand hygiene; not sharing food, plates or utensils; preparing and storing food properly; and keeping food preparation areas clean.
Examples at Kids College include our Food Safety program and work to the highest food safety standards Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HAACP) which is a preventative and systematic approach to managing food safety risks and is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Environmental Health and supported by local government.
Independent food safety audit
We are independently audited against Standard FSANZ3.3.1 WA Health Act 2008, Regulations 2009 each year by Global Food Safety Auditing. We have attained high standard of no non-compliance issues, this means each and every aspect was perfect and we met each and every indicator each and every time since we have been open. We have now had 11 audits and have achieved a hundred percent in each and every one.
Our two chefs are highly trained in nutrition and food safety. Natasha has her CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks and Patricia has her CHCCN303A Contribute to the provision of nutritionally balanced food in a safe and hygienic manner.
Foodsafe Handler Training
Our whole staffing team are trained and successfully completed the Australian Institute of Environmental Health Foodsafe Food Handler Training Program every year.
Extra qualifications in food hygiene
Example of how we go above and beyond is how Jennifer has undergone additional training to become a Food Safety Supervisor. Applied retail food safety practices (SIRRFSA001A), Participate in safe food handling practices (SITXFSA201), Use hygienic practices for food safety (SITXFSA101), Implement the food safety program and procedures (FDFFS2001A), Follow basic food safety practices (HLTFS207B), Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace (HLTFS309B), Apply and monitor food safety requirements (HLTFS310B)
City of Joondalup audits
We also undergo checks from the City of Joondalup council assessing us against their food business risk assessments. We have obtained the highest rating of A, Low risk hazard since we opened in 2010 on each check for the years we have been open.
A great example of our hygiene and nutrition practices is how we have developed an easy way to celebrate each child’s birthday at Kids College making a special day for them without compromising hygiene or nutrition. For each child’s birthday we make them a special cupcake so only they have a treat and we allow them to blow out a birthday candle on their own personal little cupcake.
Kids College Philosophy quote
‘We have stringent hygiene, health, nutrition, maintenance, safety and protection standards. We take our duty of care very seriously and will safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our children at all times as a matter of utmost priority.’
National Quality Standards
2.1.2 Practices and procedures. Effective illness and injury management and hygiene practices are promoted and implemented.
2.1.3 Healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating and physical activity are promoted and appropriate for each child.
Kids College family
At Kids College we work each day embedding our values and philosophy into each facet of what we do. We continually improve our practices by critically reflecting and engaging in meaningful relationships with our community and for this we need your support and input. Please let us know if you have any comments, queries or recommendations.
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Teacher Jen and the Kids College Childcare family