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What is Cool CAP?

The Cool Canteen Accreditation Program (Cool CAP) is a school canteen program run by the Tasmanian School Canteen Association. The program offers a model of best practice for canteen management.

To achieve accreditation schools need to meet standards in five areas:

  • Canteen guidelines and procedures
  • Food safety and the canteen
  • Food sold in the canteen
  • Linking the canteen and the classroom
  • Marketing the canteen

The program awards schools by using three levels: BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD. Each level builds on the previous one. Once awarded the school continues to maintain or increase the level of accreditation achieved.

What are the aims of Cool CAP?

  • To promote the preparation of food in a safe and hygienic environment.
  • To increase the availability and promotion of healthy foods in Tasmanian
  • School Canteens and the wider school community.
  • To support and complement classroom learning as part of a health promoting school.
  • To run a well managed business under the direction of a represented canteen committee and comprehensive policy (guidelines and procedures)

Why have a Cool CAP Program?

The formation of healthy eating behaviours is part of each child's education. Although eating behaviours will go through a number of stages during childhood, habits established early in life are said to be long lasting. Children need guidance to help them select a healthy diet and have healthy attitudes toward food.

The Cool CAP program enables healthy choices to become easy choices for both students and staff. It provides additional benefits that may not occur if the school focuses on the canteen menu alone. These include:

  • Maintaining high standards of hygiene.
  • Reinforcing the Tasmanian curriculum in practical terms.
  • Marketing and promoting healthy food choices to the wider school community
  • Fostering an ongoing commitment from the school through the development of canteen policy (guidelines and procedures) and the maintenance of canteen accreditation.

The Cool CAP program provides reassurance to the wider school community that the canteen aims to provide a high quality and safe food service for students and staff.

What is the process to achieve Cool CAP accreditation?

  • Gain support from the school community for the Cool CAP program (including parents, teachers, students and canteen staff).
  • Form a Canteen Committee which may include representatives from teaching and canteen staff, parents and student council.
  • Register your school’s interest in Cool CAP by contacting the Cool CAP office either by phone or email (contact details below).
  • Commence working on the Cool CAP program with support from the Project Officer and Project Dietitian through school visits, email and telephone contact.
  • Work with your local Council Environmental Health Officer (EHO) to meet the requirements of National and State Food Safety Standards. School canteens are now classified as food premises and as such need to be registered with local councils. Canteen staff need to be trained in food safety and hygiene and canteen premises must meet the Food Safety Standards.

Once the Cool CAP application has been signed off on by the Project Officer your application will be assessed. Schools are required to maintain the standards of the Cool CAP program once accredited and are encouraged to apply for higher levels of accreditation.

Who is eligible to participate in Cool CAP?

All Tasmanian primary, district, secondary and college canteens (government, nongovernment, independent and catholic education systems).

How will the school be recognised for their effort?

  • Public recognition of the canteen, the canteen committee and the schools achievement, eg. media coverage.
  • The presentation of a framed certificate at a whole school assembly.
  • A Canteen menu board.
  • Ongoing support from the Cool CAP Project Officer and Project Dietitian as required.

Canteen Operational Forms

For more information contact

TSCA Project Manager
Tel: 03 6223 8023
posouth@tascanteenassn.org.au

TSCA

Additional Information
Information

The Cool CAP Kit

Cool CAP Resources

Cool CAP Product & Suppliers Lists
Information

Product List Feb 2014 [PDF]
Product List & Cover Sheet Dec 2011 [XLS]
Suppliers List April 2011 [PDF]

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