NOCAC Child Development ensures that nutritional services in center and home-based settings contribute to the development and socialization of enrolled children by providing developmentally appropriate opportunities for the involvement of children in food-related activities.
- Food Cards
- Classroom teaching staff will discuss the menu with children each day by showing the pictures that correspond with the days’ meals/snacks.
- Suggestions on how to implement
- Post it on the wall and point it out to the children each day when they come in the door
- Lay food pictures out at the table and discuss while they are doing table work such as writing their name
- Have someone be the lunch/meal person as a job
- Let the child discuss what he/she knows about the different foods
- Talking Points
- Where does it come from? – meat/produce/grain
- Produce – does it grow in the ground? – lettuce/carrots or does it grow on a tree?
- Talking Points
- Chef Combo, Choosey or any other puppet may be used.
- Each classroom is provided a set of cards that correspond with center or school menus. The Health/Safety Assistant updates the cards annually.
- If additional supplies are needed, contact the Health/Safety Assistant.
- Cooking Experiences
- Staff will refer to the Cooking Experience Policy for further guidance.
- Other nutrition education activities may include but are not limited to food experiences, books, puzzles, games, puppets and media. These activities will be incorporated into the lesson plan.
- NOCAC Head Start’s nutrition education topics include, but are not limited to (Early Head Start needs to post snack/meal for socializations):
- Hand washing and hygiene
- Where food comes from
- Colors, shapes, and texture of food
- Food safety and nutrition
Forms and Additional Guidance:
This policy complies with the following
|Head Start Program Performance Standard:||1304.22|
|ODJFS Child Care Manual:|
|Caring for Our Children:|
|Effective Date:||8/7/17||Revision Date:||9/30/20|
|Approved By Policy Council:||8/7/17||Revision Approved By Policy Council:|