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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

General Food Service and Food Handling Standards

A. Children and staff shall wash hands with soap and warm running water before handling, serving or eating food. Hand-washing with washcloths shall be restricted to infants and special needs children.

B. Children shall be encouraged but not forced to eat.

C. Children shall be given necessary assistance in feeding and taught self-feeding skills.

D. The provider shall supply individual drinking and eating utensils and food for each child. Each child shall have an individual, marked bottle, cup or glass and shall not be allowed to drink from bottles, cups or glasses of children or other individuals.

E. All utensils or equipment used for eating, drinking and food preparation shall be washed in hot water and sanitized either by hand or in an automatic dishwasher after each use or single-use disposable tableware shall be used.

F. All perishable foods including those in sack lunches shall be covered and stored in a refrigerator at temperatures of 45 degrees F or less.

G. Children shall not be allowed to eat food directly off the floor, carpet or ground.

H. The child's parent or guardian shall be notified when a child consistently refuses to eat or exhibits unusual eating behavior.

I. Meals prepared by the provider or individual sack lunches supplied by the parent or guardian shall be served to children at customary meal times.

J. The provider shall not serve the same menu twice in the same day.

K. Fresh milk shall be served directly from the original, commercially filled container. Unused portions of individual servings shall not be resumed to the original container or stored for future consumption.

L. Reconstituted dry milk shall not be served to enrolled children to meet the fluid milk requirement.

M. Foods shall be prepared as close to serving time as possible to protect children and personnel from food-borne illnesses.

N. Foods shall be prepared in a manner to maintain nutrients, proper temperature, flavor, texture, and appearance.

O. No spoiled food shall be served but shall be discarded as organic waste in the manner specified in these rules.

P. The prodder shall serve milk or full-strength unsweetened juice to children whose sack lunches do not include these items.

Q. Juices served to children for meals and snacks shall be full-strength vegetable or fruit juice from a can, canon or concentrate, Imitation, powdered, syrup, or concentrated drinks, ades or punches shall not be used in place of full-strength juices.

R. Menus shall specify foods to be served and shall be planned at least one week in advance, dated and posted prior to the day of service.

S. Menu substitutions shall be written on the posted menu no later than the morning of the meal service.

T. When a child requires a modified diet prescribed by the parent, guardian or physician, the provider shall inform personnel of the diet restrictions and serve food that complies with the prescribed dietary regimen.

U. Children shall receive the following meals or snacks when at the facility for the time periods specified below:

  1. For two to four hours, one or more snacks shall be served unless the child is at the facility during a regular meal time, in which case the child shall be served meals which meet the requirements outlined in R9-5-910:

  2. For four to eight hours, a meal and one or more snacks shall be served:

  3. For nine or more hours, two snacks and one or two appropriate meals shall be served.

  4. A snack shall be served before bedtime:

  5. Breakfast shall be available to children who are scheduled to be in attendance at the facility, before 8:00 a.m.:

  6. Lunch shall be served to children who are at the facility, between 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m.; or

  7. Dinner shall be available to children who are at the facility Prom 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or upon parent or guardian request.

Historical Note

Adopted as an emergency effective July 3, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days; Emergency rule readopted and amended effective September 28,1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp.89-3).
Emergency rule readopted effective December 27, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-4).
Emergency rule readopted effective April 3, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-2). Emergency expired. Emergency rule readopted effective July 9, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-3). Emergency rule permanently adopted effective October 4, 1990 (Supp. 90-4).

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