Nutrition

Health Canada says that nutrition is the cornerstone of the early development of a child’s brain. Children of the Island is committed to providing an environment that both nurtures and supports the growing minds you have entrusted us with. That is why one of the very first decisions we made in creating this centre, was to have an on site kitchen. We are proud to have not one but two red seal chefs on staff to prepare delicious and nutritious snacks and lunches daily.

It is a pleasure to work with our families to address the dietary needs of your child it be for religious, allergies/intolerances or family preference, this is something we take very seriously. We offer a large variety of foods along with a daily vegetarian option.

Children of the Island is a nut free facility!

All of our menus and snacks are prepared in accordance with the Canadian food Guide.

If you would like to learn more about Canada’s Food Guidelines or any of their healthy eating programs:

We need to teach our children to eat real food. No junk foods. No fast foods. No processed foods. Just honest, nutritious, real food 

Our Chef's

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CHARLES PAQUET

Charles, a graduate of Camosun College Culinary arts program has a background in fine dining as well as working with schools.  Upon taking the position, Charles was thrilled to work with children once again since he strongly believes that a relationship with food is very important at an early age, to allow kids to fully appreciate a variety of food and to develop their palates while giving them all the nourishment they need. Charles is dedicated to make delicious, wholesome food, that your child will never get bored with.

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JEFFERSON BUENO

Jefferson, is a young professional chef from Vancouver, he is a graduate of Vancouver Community College (VCC).  He worked in some of the best restaurants in Vancouver which honed his skills.  Having those experiences enabled him to play around with all the ingredients that the kids will like and love to eat without affecting the nutritional value of their daily diet.  His passion for food, combined with his interest in nutrition makes him the perfect fit to our kitchen and for our children.  Jefferson’s goal is to introduce a healthy diet while staying fun, and exciting.

Nutrition Philosophy

It is imperative that children develop good eating habits while they are young. We at Children of the Island take food children love and give them a healthy spin. Our menu is specially designed to appeal to children’s palates. Our amazing lunches and snacks are healthy, delicious, offer plenty of variety and most importantly children will want to eat the food.

Our amazing chefs have several ‘sneaky ways’ to add more nutrition to the children’s diet. They often add cooked fresh mashed vegetables to Spaghetti sauce, Sloppy Joes or Chili.

Together, their combined expertise provides over 10 years of experience in the Food, Health, and Hospitality industries and they always ensure that our food is nutritious, high quality and enjoyable for the children. 

Children are impressionable and enjoy imitating their peers. Parents, educators, and other adults play an important role in shaping the child’s attitude toward the acceptance of nutritious foods. Educators in the classroom are expected to reinforce positive food attitudes by eating and socializing with the children at mealtimes. Meals are provided to all and served family style.