Infant and Toddler Each infant has an individual program of care which is kept on file in the child’s classroom.Parents and teachers discuss each infant’s schedule of feedings and meals and based on continuous communication, updates are made to the schedule as changes occur.Parent’s supply breast milk and/or formula.Our center supplies Gerber single grain cereal, Gerber or Heinz jar foods, snacks and whole milk (for one year olds).As table foods are introduced at home, we will provide an appropriate “toddler” version of the day’s menu according to the child’s developmental level and the parent and teacher’s discussion.
Pre-School and School-Age The center will provide two snacks (mid-morning and mid-afternoon)and lunch for all children attending.Lunches will be prepared in a regularly inspected kitchen.Meals will be relaxed, with time for conversing and socializing.We'll encourage children to serve themselves when possible.We won't force kids to eat, but will encourage them to try a bit of everything that is served.
Menu Planning Hearts & Hands snacks will be planned on a weekly rotation and lunches will be planned on a monthly rotation.We will ensure that nutritional guidelines are met according to U.S. department of agriculture child care food program.The menu will be provided to parents and posted in the kitchen and the Center bulletin board.
When supplemental food (in addition to the regularly scheduled snack or lunch) is offered, a record of the food served shall be posted in an area accessible to parents and kept on file for three months.
Special Diets / Food Allergies Parents will be asked about any special dietary restrictions when their child is enrolled.Should there be any, staff and parents will confer to understand the restrictions.The restrictions will be written out and kept in the child's file and kept on file in the classroom and the kitchen.