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Why It Works

The concept of Education on a Plate® for young kids was inspired by extensive research into the field of Early Learning. The research shows that engaging and interactive learning experiences involving the child, family and community achieves greater outcomes for our children. The research shows that children learn best in positive, nurturing and stimulating environments. That is why quality interactive early learning within the family and home environment is so important. Education on a Plate ® allows parents, grandparents, carers and kids of all ages to Eat Learn and Interact during mealtimes.

This is a testimonial from a very experienced Early Learning Director at Bambinis Child Care Centres in Sydney:

I wanted to thank you for introducing me to your educational plates for children.  My clients have really loved the designs which are bright, colourful and informativeMealtimes provide us with the perfect opportunity to talk about nutrition and these plates also support discussions covering a range of developmental areas.  Pre-school readiness is such an important part of the children's learning and to find an additional tool to help us with this area is fantastic!  

Samantha Lewis, Company Director. Bambinis Child Care Centres


How it Works

I recommend using these plates everyday for mealtimes. Kids will become familiar with the different plates and colours and you will find that kids between the ages of 5-9 will refer to them constantly. Keep them handy around the home so kids can access them easily. They are also very useful tools for assisting with homework. Read More About Each Individual Plate

Below are 2 videos showing kids spontenously interacting with the plates:

The first is a 5 year old girl learning to count up by ten - This video was taken spontaneously at a friend's house. Look how comfortably the young girl engages with the 1-100 plate whilst her parents are busy around her. The second is of a 6 year old boy practicing his timetables - once again, look how relaxed the young boy is whilst reciting his timetables.


Further research behind Education on a Plate®

Medical research in the field of Early Learning, suggests that the skills children develop as infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are cumulative and form the basis for later skill development (Cunhaet at al 2006).

  • The first five years of a child'€™s life are critical. A child's experiences during this time can shape them for the rest of their lives. The early years build the foundation for lifelong learning, health, happiness and success with essential numeracy, language, literacy, behavioural, social and emotional skills formed during this time.
  • According to the ASG (Australian Scholarship Group) in conjunction with the University of Melbourne 2006, the early years are a critical period where the pathways to a child'€™s lifetime social, emotional and educational outcomes begin. Australian and international studies have shown that children'€™s literacy and numeracy skills at age 4-€“5 are a good predictor of academic achievement in primary school.
  • The early years are crucial in creating the abilities, motivation, and other personality traits that produce success downstream: in school, in the workforce, and in other aspects of life. Professor James Heckman, Nobel Prize winning economist (2009)