Feed Australia FAQ

There is a new online menu planning and assessment tool, Feed Australia, available for all early childcare services to use for free Australia wide. This has sparked some questions about how it fits with Move Well Eat Well (MWEW). We’ve answered your questions below.

We are a MWEW service or thinking about joining MWEW, but aren’t sure if we should use Feed Australia too?

If your service already has a MWEW award or is working towards becoming a MWEW award service then you are already addressing all of the requirements needed for Feed Australia. There is no need to use Feed Australia too but you may wish to use it to help plan your menus.

Does Feed Australia replace MWEW?

No. Services who wish to use Feed Australia can print out their menus, along with the Feed Australia Nutrition Checklist, to include as part of their award application or renewal. We have developed a shorter checklist to be used alongside these Feed Australia documents.

What is the difference between Feed Australia and MWEW?

Feed Australia is an online menu planning and assessment tool.

MWEW is a Tasmanian award program that takes a whole of service approach to food, nutrition and physical activity. In addition to menu self-assessment tool, MWEW provides resources and support such as: policy development and review, website with printable resources and links, online newsletter, social media updates, hardcopy resources (eg starter packs and posters), training sessions, face to face meetings, and email and phone support.

What are the benefits of using Feed Australia?

Feed Australia is all online. It assesses menus to meet the minimum food group requirements* to be provided in all child care services in Australia. There are 200 recipes available and printable factsheets (found on the nutrition checklist tab). It has a parent portal smartphone App for parents to view the menu, recipes and whether their child has eaten their meals and snacks. Feed Australia offers phone based support for services experiencing any software issues and they can help services to enter menus and recipes into the system.

What are the limitations of using Feed Australia?

  • It takes time (several hours) to set-up menus in Feed Australia.
  • There is phone support but wait times can be lengthy (e.g. half an hour).
  • There are a few glitches in the system at the moment (nutrition checklist sometimes doesn’t match the daily menu report, nutrition analytics error and database recipes cannot be changed).

Can I still use the MWEW menu self-assessment tool?

Yes! The MWEW paper-based tool assesses menus to meet minimum food group requirements plus unique MWEW criteria*, all in the one tool. For services that use Feed Australia, we have developed a shorter checklist to be used alongside the Feed Australia Nutrition Checklist and menu reports.

What are the benefits of using the MWEW menu self-assessment tool?

Some people prefer to work on paper rather than on a computer. If you need help completing the menu self-assessment tool one of our dietitians will help you.

*If using Feed Australia online menu planning tool, to comply with MWEW you still need to:

  • Promote fruit and/or vegetables at each meal time
  • Provide a variety of colours, tastes, flavours and textures
  • Make drinking water available and accessible to children at all times

Move Well Eat Well Early Childhood

Feed Australia

Paper-based menu self-assessment tool to meet minimum menu food group requirements# and help with fruit and vegetable promotion and food variety

Online menu assessment tool to meet minimum food group requirements##

Phone, email and face-to-face support available

Phone and email support available

Recipe recommendations and help available but no recipe database

Recipe database in the system and you can enter your own recipes

Dietitians can help services fill out menu assessment and also provide training and further support

Feed Australia staff can enter menus and recipes into the system on request (NB available at time of writing)

Other features include:

  • Part of a comprehensive Food and Nutrition and   Physical Activity program with incentives for progress.
  • Program staff based in Tasmania

Other features include:

  • Service management tools – eg keeping track of   children and dietary requirements as well as recording meals eaten.
  • Parent portal – eg parents can see what meals   their child has eaten

#Minimum food group requirements are at least 50% of daily requirements for children aged 1-5 years in eight hours of care.

## Minimum food group requirements are at least 50% of daily requirements for children aged 2-8 years in eight hours of care.