Primary caregivers invite children to eat and wait for children to respond. If child seems interested in eating, then the child is invited to wash their hands. Self-talk is used to describe steps involved in the mealtime routine. Primary caregivers label the items that are used during mealtimes. Children are invited to partner with adult by being encouraged to participate in developmentally appropriate mealtime tasks. For example, a primary caregiver may offer a child a bin and encourage them to place the plate and spoon in the bin if they are done eating. Mealtimes are a time for developmentally appropriate non-verbal and verbal exchanges.
A note to consider:
Specific plans on implementing mealtimes for infants, toddlers and preschool aged children are being currently developed to be added to this section in the near future.
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