Meals and Nutrition

Jane’s Place provides five meals each day including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.

Our menu has been designed with the nutritional needs of children in mind. Special care has been given to meet energy and nutrition requirements for growth and development. In addition to this, our seasonal, four week rotating menu offers a variety of foods to satisfy the fussiest of eaters.

Through our menus, it is our aim to assist families with creating healthy eating patterns that will last a lifetime by providing children with a range of tasty and nutritious eating options. Information will be shared with you on dishes your child thoroughly enjoys and recipes will be available so you can create your own at home.

View recipes here.

Meet our Qualified Chef and Nutritionist Mariel Gotlieb

Hello everyone,

My name is Mariel Gotlieb. I am a mother of three and the nutritional chef at our very much-loved Janes Place at South Coogee Sydney.

I would like to share with you a little bit of my personal and work life to help you to gain more of an understanding of our centre’s philosophy in regard to the overall health and wellbeing of your child.

I came from Argentina in 1991 with a degree in pedagogical sciences. These studies gave me the opportunity to work in Australia as a child development officer and, subsequently, as a parenting education facilitator for 15 years. During that time, I developed a love and interest of food as a way to connect families that felt socially isolated. One of those groups was a culturally diverse cooking group. In 2011 I felt a change of career was needed and it was time to follow my other passion of mine full time. Combining all this knowledge from more than 25 years’ experience I am now cooking for your children at Jane’s Place South Coogee.

These experiences have led me to the realisation that it was a necessity to have more awareness and tools to assist the young families attending the centre towards achieving a healthier relationship with food as this is a vital part of the development mentally and physically of their children.

I had decided to study nutrition in order to improve and elevate my current skill level as well as build up my confidence in my position.

Completing the holistic nutrition diploma has assisted me in understanding how food affects our wellbeing and the processes of the body. I believe that every meal is an opportunity to nourish our body and mind.

I feel it is my responsibility to take care of the nutritional needs of each and individual child and, furthermore, to help the families establish healthy eating habits together.

The wonderful educators of the centre have allowed me to integrate nutrition into the daily educational program by, for example, including cooking along with the children, inviting them to try new foods, bringing in family recipes that I would later use in the menus, welcoming them to bring me a recipes that they would like to try and creating discussions about how food makes them feel.  This has enabled me to develop better menus and recipes and to furthermore cater to all dietary requirements.

As always, I look forward to being part of you and your child’s journey into good health and well-being!