The parent provides the morning snack and lunch and the afternoon snack. Every child should have an ice pack in the lunch box. Food items need to be labeled and dated with the child’s name. Please use a thermos for foods you want to be served warm. NO NUTS OF ANY KIND. We are a “NUT FREE” center.
The center provides milk for lunch and water for snacks. We have a policy of not serving juice unless it is due to a medical condition in which case a doctor’s note will be required.
Snack time is approximately 20 minutes and too much food and choice overwhelms your child and interrupts fun activities. (Please go to mypyramid.org for food and portion information.) Toddlers need to come to school with food cut up into 1/2″ square pieces, even if this is a difference practice than you do at home. The teachers often have eight children to feed at a time and it can be quite scary when they need to react to a child having difficulty swallowing. The preschool children are encouraged to open their snacks and lunches themselves and eat their healthy foods first. Please limit the desserts (no gum or candy) and try to eliminate as many prepackaged foods as possible. A basket containing napkins, plastic spoons, forks, cups, and a pair of scissors is at each lunch table.
Toddler parents are always asking for suggestions for food to pack. It is important to offer a nutritious variety of foods yet allowing the toddler to decide how much and what they will eat. Snacks could include various cheese cut into small pieces; fresh, frozen or canned fruit; applesauce; grapes which are cut in half, length wise; yogurt; toast; hard boiled eggs; and crunchy items such as, crackers, cereal, rice cakes, and granola bars. PLEASE NO popcorn, pretzels, nuts, raw peas, chunks of carrot or whole grapes, as well as whole or chunked hot dogs, which could be a potential for choking.
Our toddlers here at the Cornwall Child Center eat together and socialize through meal times. Quite a bit of learning takes place at the table as they watch everything and everyone! We want them to enjoy this learning experience with us, therefore, the teachers model appropriate eating habits too. Please send bibs and include some extras with the clothing which is kept at the center for your child.