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Monday, November 7, 2016

POTM: Food Policy

The following is taken directly from our handbook. Let us know if you have any questions about our Food Policy.

All food for children over 1 will be provided by Jellybean Daycare & Preschool. We are so lucky to have Mimi for a cook to make all of our meals. She will make most of her meals from scratch so the children can have a real home cooked meal for lunch. Meals include breakfast, lunch, drinks, and 2 snacks. For breakfast, the children can choose whatever they want on the menu. They will usually have about 6 choices. Breakfast will be served until 8:30. If your child arrives after that time please be sure that they have already been fed. Lunches will usually be hot lunches. The menu for lunch and snack will be sent by email on a monthly basis so if your child doesn’t like what is being served they can bring their own lunch from home. If you do decide to bring food from home, it must be in a bag with your child’s name for them to eat during meal time. We have children with severe food allergies here so we ask that your child does not come to the center with food in their hand. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

If your child has food allergies please fill that out on your child’s forms and make a point to talk to all staff about it, including the cook. You will also need to fill out an allergy action plan and have it signed by the child’s pediatrician. We will do our best to accommodate all food allergies. 

We limit the use of sugary foods and juice. Juice is only offered at special events. We encourage healthy snacks for birthday celebrations. Please see your child’s teacher or the administrator if you would like to bring in food for your child’s birthday. 

We try to prevent choking by having children sitting while eating and by cutting food into child bite-sized pieces. Certain foods such as popcorn, gummies, and raw carrots are not served to infants and young toddlers. 

Our nutritional plan and menus have been reviewed and approved by a registered nutritionist.

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