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Licensing Standards for Family DayCare


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FOOD AND NUTRITION

154. Nutritional, appropriately scheduled meals and snacks shall be served to children in care for four (4) hours or more per day. No child is permitted to be without a meal or snack for excessively long periods of time.

A. Exceptions to these meal and snack requirements shall only be made by written documentation by the child's health care provider.

155. All meals served to children, whether provided by the Caregiver or parents, shall have at least one (1) item from each of the following food groups, except where noted, so that the daily nutritional needs of children can be met (serving sizes to be used for each age group can be found in the Appendix of these Requirements):

A. Dairy products: milk, milk products, cheese;

B. Protein group: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, peanut butter, dried beans, peas, cheese;

C Two fruits or vegetables or one of each: including a wide variety of green, white, yellow and red vegetables and fruits; and

D. Grain group: whole grain and enriched breads, cereals, pasta, crackers, rice.

156. All snacks served to children shall include one item from two (2) of the four (4) food groups.

157. Meals for infants shall be provided according to the following guidelines:

A. Formula and feeding schedules for each infant shall be designated by the parent(s).

B. Baby food, breast milk or formula, after it has been prepared from concentrate or after the container has been opened, shall be refrigerated. Any contents remaining in the bottle after a feeding shall be discarded.

C. Introduction of all new food shall be made in consultation with the parent(s).

D. Baby food for each child shall be served from a dish unless the whole contents of the jar will be served.

E. Bottles shall be labeled with the individual child's name when there is more than one infant in care.

F. Infants under six (6) months of age shall be held by the Caregiver while being bottle fed. No infant shall be placed in his/her crib with a bottle for feeding.

G. Bottle propping and carrying of bottles by young children throughout the day and night shall be prohibited.

158. All milk and milk products shall be pasteurized. Powdered milk may be used only for cooking.

A. Only whole, pasteurized milk shall be served to children younger than 24 months of age who are not on formula or breast milk, except with the written direction of a parent and the child's health care provider.

B. Skim milk shall not be served, except with the written direction of a parent and the child's health care provider.

159. Refrigeration shall be used for perishable foods and shall maintain temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Freezers shall maintain temperatures of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

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