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.
Our plant-based menus emphasize the importance of eating healthy foods and coming together to enjoy meals. Whenever possible, children will help prepare the food, serve, and support their peers in developmentally appropriate ways.
Our plan for infants in our care is to provide them with nutrition by observing their hunger cues.
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