Family Style Meals are designed to promote the physical, social and emotional development of children, to increase knowledge about healthy eating and to assist children to make good decisions.
- Children are involved in meal related activities which provide opportunities for decision making, communication, sharing, fine motor and eye-hand coordination (setting tables, preparing food, carrying trays, rinsing plates, etc)
- Every child will receive a quantity of food in meals and snacks which follows the CACFP USDA Meal Pattern Requirements.
- All children in the morning program s who have not received breakfast at the time they arrive will be served a nourishing breakfast per the Breakfast Policy.
- All tables, chairs and eating utensils will be age appropriate.
- In order to ensure good appetites and a relaxing mealtime environment, calming transitional activities will occur before meals.
- Food will not be used as punishment of reward and children are encouraged, but not forced or coerced to eat or taste.
- Teachers will have children start with the minimum CACFP USDA Meal Pattern required portions and allow for additional portions as the child desires.
- All staff, visitors and children will follow proper hand washing procedures just prior to setting tables and meal service.
- Classroom staff designates one to three children to help set the tables as appropriate in each classroom. Home Based children are offered opportunities for table setting as appropriate.
- Use of paper and disposable meal service products is limited to meals when the Cooks are absent or equipment is broken with the approval of site supervisor.
- Napkins should be available at every meal for a child to use to wipe their face
- Disposables may be used on the last day of the week for afternoon snack to facilitate additional time for weekend cleaning and sanitizing.
- Exception of collaborative sites, disposables may be used when there are no other options for dish washing.
- Spoon and fork need to be available for the children at lunchtime to allow for children to choose which is most comfortable to them.
- 3 to 5 year old’s only will introduce the use of knives during breakfast, lunch and snacks in the beginning months of school.
- Daily use of knives at lunch time will start January 1 of the school year.
- A variety of food is served to broaden each child’s food experience.
- When the majority of the children are finished, they are allowed to be excused. Staff continue to supervise children needing more time.
- Each child is responsible for clearing their table setting area which includes cleaning up spills on the table and the floor.
- Conversations at the table must be age appropriate and child driven.
- When possible, Family Style Meals are encouraged at Collaborative Sites.
Forms and Additional Guidance:
This policy complies with the following
|Head Start Program Performance Standard:||1302.31 (e)(2); 1302.44|
|ODJFS Child Care Manual:||5101:2-12-22|
|CACFP Regulation:||Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010|
|Caring for Our Children:|
|Effective Date:||8/7/17||Reviewed Date:||9/30/20, 6/17/22|
|Approved By Policy Council:||8/7/17||Revision Approved By Policy Council:|