5 Tips to Plan Nutrition Guidelines for Day Care

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5 Tips to Plan Nutrition Guidelines for Day Care


Child Care Nutrition Guidelines for Day Care Centers, This article include guidelines for – 

1 – Feeding Program 

2 – Menus

3 – Food Preparation

4 – Food Service

5 – Other Details 


5 Tips to Plan Nutrition Guidelines for Day Care

5 Tips to Plan Nutrition Guidelines for Day Care

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Feeding Program 

Many children in your day care center will be coming from homes where poverty or ignorance deprive  them of the proper kinds of food in the amounts  that  growing children need.

The children in a day care center should receive hygienically prepared food which will contribute to good growth and development.

Suitable  food during the periods of growth has a lasting effect on the child’s health,  development,  and his ability to learn.

The feeding program in  the day care center usually provides about 75% of the  food required for the growing child.

 

Menus

The meals  in a day care center consist of:

Breakfast – a milk drink and bread

A hot cooked meal at noon

An afternoon snack  – a milk drink and bread.

Menus  should be developed which are nutritious,  suitable for young children and take into account the availability of foods in season,  the eating customs of the country,  and the budget. It  takes expert knowledge of nutrition to devise proper menus and to provide best nutrition for  lowest  cost.

 

Food Preparation

The  food must be well  and tastefully prepared, under hygienic conditions,  and served hot.

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Hygiene  in the kitchen is of special importance because of danger of illness  and even death from eating contaminated foods.

The way in which food is prepared,  the place in which it is stored,  the cleanliness and the health of the people handling the food,  all have a bearing on the safety of the food.

Kitchen employees should be taught how to carry out their jobs. This  requires continual in-service training programs and close daily supervision from the director or kitchen manager, and general super vision from the doctor and nurse.

 

Food Service

Although most of  the children in your centers may be really hungry children,  who have never had enough to eat, the way in which food is served makes a difference in the child’s desire to  at it and in the  benefit he gets  from it.

All  children everywhere are creatures of habit and resist new, strange  foods. But this does not mean that new foods should not be served.

The child from a deprived home will have had such a limited diet  that he will wary of almost  all foods, therefore the day care center must introduce him to the new foods which his health requires.

There are ways to do this, which the director and the teacher should know

Letting each group of children eat  in their own classroom, at small tables,  quietly in a home like atmosphere.

Serving meals on time so that children do not get too tired waiting to be served. This requires sufficient personnel for the kitchen and for bringing food to classrooms.

Serving food that is attractive to look at and tastes good.

Serving hot food while it is hot. This requires covered receptacles for bringing food from the kitchen.

Providing attractive dishes to eat out of and cups that are light and easy to handle for drinking milk.

Giving very small servings of new food until the child gets used to it.

Encouraging and sometimes helping the child to try the food, but never forcing him to eat anything.

Making the mealtime atmosphere pleasant – no threats, no punishments, no bribing, no scolding from the adults.

Letting the children talk to each other or to their teacher while at table.

Having the teachers always in the room during mealtime helping with food service, encouraging and helping the children and, if possible, eating with them.

Children learn eating habits from the people around them. If the people around them enjoy food, try new foods, use good table manners, the children will quickly take on these habits.

Article source : JDC guide for day care centers a handbook to aid communities in developing day care center programs.

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