Playgroup Nutrition is a Foundation for Healthy Play

13 March 2024

Our Glenaeon Playgroups celebrate nourishing foods by providing whole grain porridge and sourdough bread or Miso soup and rice balls to accompany fruit and vegetables that families contribute to our generous morning tea. The adults often say that we are the only playgroup they know of that goes to such an effort and they really feel nourished themselves when they leave playgroup. Glenaeon Playgroup isn’t ‘just for the children’, they say.

At our Glenaeon Playgroups we believe that by nourishing the caretakers of the children, the children will have the modelling of adults eating healthy food in a group setting that includes a table-cloth and beautifully presented wholesome foods accompanied by herbal garden tea.

Many parents tell us that the Playgroup morning tea is their first meal of the day and that it is so generous they don’t have to have lunch! Many families tell us that their children are fussy eaters at home but that they eat multiple bowls of porridge and lots of fruit and vegetables at playgroup. They are impressed with how the children enjoy a dense home -made rye sourdough bread slathered with home- made miso or tahini butter.

Below is a letter one of our Playgroup educators received from a participant. The Magic Porridge Pot recipe is attached if you would like to indulge your family! Parents still contact us years after the children have passed through playgroup to say their children are still enjoying Glenaeon’s Playgroup porridge thanks to our sharing of the recipe!

Dear Natalie,

Would you mind sharing the recipe for porridge please? My daughter loves it and her breakfasts are normally very boring as she doesn’t eat anything different, but she loves your porridge.

Many thanks,
A grateful Playgroup mother

For the Porridge recipe, click show more.

Magic Porridge Pot

  • 1 cup grain (oats, rice, barley, millet etc.)
  • 3 cups boiling water (can also be herb or other tea)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon sea salt
  • Spices: whole or ground Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg.
  1. Bring porridge to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour. Stir and add
  2. 1 heaping dessert spoon coconut oil, or butter or other fat
  3. 1 heaping tablespoon honey or other sweetener (Nuts or sultanas or fruit or herbs as desired)
  4. The more you stir the creamier it gets. Add more water if you want a lighter consistency.

Happy eating!