A wide variety of nutritionally balanced, high quality foods are prepared and served on the premises each day. Meals are served family style; each child is encouraged to serve him or herself, and to take a “practice bite” of each food that is offered.
In order to limit time away from the children and to promote healthy eating habits, food is available only at scheduled times. Children who choose not to eat will be offered food again at the next scheduled meal or snack.
Meal and snack times are planned so that no child will go more than three hours without being offered food. Scheduled meal times are 9:00-9:30, 12:00-1:00, 3:00-3:30, 6:00-7:00. If your child is absent during a scheduled meal or snack please plan to feed them before they arrive.
Although fast food is convenient, please do not bring your child with a fast food meal or drink as this undermines efforts to teach healthy habits to the children.
Food allergies are becoming more common among infants and young children. It is important for us to work together to provide a safe environment for your child. I am experienced in reading ingredient lists and accommodating special diets, however since I have no way of knowing what happens when your child is at home I rely on you to keep me updated about any changes in your child’s allergies.
To help keep your child safe, please provide the following information and materials, and update them as necessary:
Verification of the food allergy and its level of severity, signed by a doctor.
Complete and current health and medication forms.
Updated emergency contact numbers on file and on the sign-in form.
A doctor’s order for EpiPen, and/or any other necessary medications.
Signed parental consent to administer medications.
A sufficient supply of up-to-date medications.
Accommodations for food allergies will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the allergy is not severe or life-threatening, reasonable substitutions will be made to the menu. If the allergy is severe and life-threatening, the specified foods will not be served. In the case of an allergy so severe that it is dangerous for the child to come into contact with small amounts of the food or breathe in its odor I will take reasonable precautions to prevent an allergic reaction, with the understanding that complete protection is not possible. Food allergies are posted in the kitchen; confidentiality of the child’s allergy shall be maintained.
If your child has religious or lifestyle dietary restrictions I will make reasonable adjustments to the menu in order to accommodate his/her needs. If a comparably priced substitution is readily available, it will be provided to all the children. However, if no comparably priced, substitution is readily available, food preferences will be accommodated on a child-by-child basis. For example, a vegetarian child may be offered meatless spaghetti sauce while the other children have meat sauce.
If you choose to provide alternative foods such as soy milk, lactose-free cheese, and the like, these must be labeled with the child’s name and date opened. If you choose to send an entire meal to Kidz Treehouse, the meal must follow USDA requirements for child care nutrition. If your child is not able to follow the USDA child care nutrition guidelines due to special dietary needs, I am required to have a written doctor’s order to follow.
Please do not send gum, candy or other foods to Kidz Treehouse without prior arrangements.
Child Care Nutrition – Celebrations A well-balanced child care nutrition plan includes occasional treats, and what better time for treats than a birthday or holiday? Birthday and holiday treats help make these days even more special for the children.
Although we greatly appreciate it when parents send in treats, it is not necessary. If you wish to send a special birthday or holiday treat please speak to me ahead of time, and keep nutrition in mind when deciding on a treat. Individual chocolate milk or 100% juice boxes, party mixes, snack crackers and fruit snacks are all favorites of the children and healthier alternatives to traditional party food. If you are unable to send a birthday treat, I will provide one so we can all celebrate your child’s birthday together.
The weekly menus are planned with optimal nutrition in mind. Each menu is designed to provide a wide variety of foods that are different in color, shape, size and texture. Menus include a wide variety of foods, including those that are the children’s favorites, new or unfamiliar, culturally diverse, and seasonally appropriate.
In addition, menus are planned with children’s ages and developmental abilities in mind. A four-week rotation of menus changes seasonally to provide the children with a balance of variety and familiarity. Past menus are not kept on file, but Food Program records which include past menus, are kept online.