Girls eating lunch

Portion Control & Child Serves

We ensure that children at our centre receive 50% of their Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) while in care.

50% of Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) 2 – 5 year olds

Food Group50% RDIPortion Size / Serve
Dairy3125ml / ½ cup milk

100g / ½ cup yoghurt

1 slice or 20g block or shredded cheese

100g / ½ cup custard
Breads, cereals, rice & pasta21 slice bread

½ medium roll

½ cup cooked rice, pasta or noodles

10 small bite size rice cakes

1 thick rice cake

2 thin rice/corn cakes

1 small pikelet

2 small crispbread
Vegetables235g / ¼ cup cooked vegetables

½ cup salad leaves

¼ cup legumes (dried beans, peas or lentils)

½ medium potato
Fruit11 small piece of fruit (apricot, kiwi, plum, apple, pear, orange)

½ cup diced pieces or tinned fruit

2 dried apricot halves

¾ tablespoon dried fruit
Meat and Alternatives130-50g cooked meat (matchbox size)

¼ cup lean mince

1 slice roast meat
Vegetarian Meals¼ cup cooked dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, split peas or tinned beans

1 small egg

1 slice / 20g cheese

If using other recipes a child serve is approximately ½ an adult serve.

Children over the age of 4 years may require extra serves to allow for additional energy needs.