Support for families and children

We work together with Central Coast schools and early childhood education and care services to develop resources that support families with children starting school.

We understand that for teachers and educators, time is precious, which is why our resources are designed ‘shelf ready’ for use in transition-to-school sessions.

A number of our resources are also available for direct download by parents and carers, providing you with easy-to-access clear and practical information to support your child in their transition to primary school.

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Transition-to-School Resource Order Form for schools

Order electronic and hardcopy versions of resources to be sent to your school, ready for distribution to families in term 3.

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“Implementing the SWAP IT program to Brooke Avenue Public School was effortless. Resources were provided such as lesson plans, digital files and large posters to be displayed in each classroom. The impact of the program assisted most families to make healthier changes in their child’s lunchboxes with staff noticing a visible decrease in pre-packaged foods being sent to school. The lessons provided had explicit instructions and accompanying resources that linked directly, so staff were happy to implement this as everything was provided with minimal prep time. I would highly recommend this program to any school looking to help students’ SWAP IT”

Lauren Johnson, classroom teacher, Brooke Avenue Public

Healthy food at school tips

Oranges, peaches and cucumber and carrot sticks.

For Crunch&Sip* break, pack either fresh fruit (whole or chopped), fresh vegetables or fruit canned in natural juice (no added sugar).

*Crunch&Sip is a set break to eat vegetables or fruit and drink water in the classroom.

Healthy snacks - milk, crackers, hummus, corn, tomato, mandarin, tomatoes, yogurt, popcorn, green beans and bananas.

Snack ideas for school – choose the options your child enjoys.

Images of various healthy snacks for lunch - toast, crackers, pasta, tomatoes, corn, green beans, cucumber and carrot sticks, tuna, eggs, beans, cheese

Ideas for lunch – try to include one from each category.

A water bottle.

Remember to include a refillable water bottle.

An ice block.

Remember to keep lunchboxes cold. Pack foods in an insulated lunchbox and include an ice brick.

Ways to involve your child in packing lunch

Pack healthy foods your child enjoys! You could speak to your child beforehand about what they would eat, providing options to guide the conversation.

Practice at home. In the lead up to starting school, pack a lunchbox at home for your child to practice eating from throughout the day.

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