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SunshineMama 02:04 PM 07-19-2012
How many meals/snacks per day do you serve and what is the time period you have children in your home?

I usually do an am snack, lunch, and a pm snack. I am not on any food program. Just wondering what you all are doing. Thanks
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Blackcat31 02:09 PM 07-19-2012
I do the same as you.

My kiddos are here from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Not all kids are here that long but those are the hours I actually have one or more kids in care.
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quailsgarden 02:10 PM 07-19-2012
I do the same as you. I have kids from 8am-5pm. We usually have am snack at 9am, lunch at 1130am and pm snack at 3pm.
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Country Kids 02:16 PM 07-19-2012
Breakfast 8:00-They bring from home

Snack:10:30

Lunch:12:30

Afternoon Snack:3;30 if they are awake. some days I don't serve it because no one wakes up in time to have it before they go home.
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BumbleBee 02:39 PM 07-19-2012
My current schedule for meals is:

8:30 - Snack

11:30 - Lunch

3:30 - Snack

Pm snack is later because school gets out at 3 and I don't want to do 2 pm snack times.
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SilverSabre25 02:39 PM 07-19-2012
Am snack/breakfast (I call it a snack to make the parents feed the kids at home but I serve according to breakfast guidelines)

Lunch

PM snack
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Countrygal 03:02 PM 07-19-2012
Originally Posted by Country Kids:
Breakfast 8:00-They bring from home

Snack:10:30

Lunch:12:30

Afternoon Snack:3;30 if they are awake. some days I don't serve it because no one wakes up in time to have it before they go home.
I have exactly these same times for my meals!
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Country Kids 03:10 PM 07-19-2012
Originally Posted by Countrygal:
I have exactly these same times for my meals!
We have connected!!!

It probably has something to do with us both having "Country" in our names-
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Sunchimes 03:23 PM 07-19-2012
I don't really have firm meal times because my kids come and go at such funny times. But, generally, breakfast is at 7 or 7:15, snack about 9:15 or 9:30, lunch at noon, snack at about 2:15, and two or three days a week, we have one here for dinner at 6:15.
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CountryMommy 03:35 PM 07-19-2012
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast
10:00-10:30 am Snack
12:30-1:00 pm Lunch
3:00-3:30 Snack

Because I offer both Breakfast and Lunch and my eating times are all 2 hours apart, my snacks are very nutritious, but small. They are just a filler to get through until the meal, not a meal in themselves.
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SunflowerMama 04:14 PM 07-19-2012
I do breakfast at 8:30a, lunch at 11:30a, snack at 3p when everyone is awake.

I used to do a morning snack but kids would not eat their lunch. The schedule now really works better for us.
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Former Teacher 04:34 PM 07-19-2012
Originally Posted by SilverSabre25:
Am snack/breakfast (I call it a snack to make the parents feed the kids at home but I serve according to breakfast guidelines)

Lunch

PM snack
Pretty sad.

I remember once at my former center this parent thought we served breakfast because the menu stated different things like pancakes, waffles, french toast etc.

Her mouth hit the floor when I told her that the morning snack was just something to get little tummys to lunch. Likewise with PM snack...just a little something to get through to dinner.

Her line of thinking was that we were serving a 5 course breakfast
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daycarediva 04:43 PM 07-19-2012
Breakfast 7:00
Am Snack 9:30
Lunch 11:30
PM snack 3:00

I have early arrivals, so I feed most of my kiddos a (full) breakfast.
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SilverSabre25 06:09 PM 07-19-2012
Originally Posted by Former Teacher:
Pretty sad.

I remember once at my former center this parent thought we served breakfast because the menu stated different things like pancakes, waffles, french toast etc.

Her mouth hit the floor when I told her that the morning snack was just something to get little tummys to lunch. Likewise with PM snack...just a little something to get through to dinner.

Her line of thinking was that we were serving a 5 course breakfast
yeah, it is. But that's the reality. I think some parents hear "snack" and think sweets and treats no matter what time of day. Also, I serve it at 9 (convenient for me due to DD's wake up time; dcks arrive between 7 and 8) and a parent expressed concern over breakfast being so late. So, I changed the name and voila! No more concerns, better lunches being eaten and most importantly, no whining about being hungry by the dcks until about 8:30!

I had been doing breakfast at 8 for the dcks then needed to feed DD around 8:45 or 9...which caused problems with the dcks...then snack was around 10ish and lunch wasn't getting eaten at noon so changing the time and name was one of the best things I've ever done.
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Childminder 08:13 PM 07-19-2012
Breakfast 8-8:30
AM 10:15 - 10:30
Lunch 12 - 12:30
PM 4 - 4:15
Dinner 6 -6:30
Eve 8-8:15
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Unregistered 08:18 PM 07-19-2012
Originally Posted by Trummynme:
My current schedule for meals is:

8:30 - Snack

11:30 - Lunch

3:30 - Snack

Pm snack is later because school gets out at 3 and I don't want to do 2 pm snack times.
Same here!
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Kiki 08:22 PM 07-19-2012
Breakfast: 9-9:30
Lunch: 12-12:30
Snack: 3:15-3:30

Snacks are sometimes later here, it depends on when they all wake up from their naps. I only have on child before 8:30, and she eats whatever fruit I'm eating with my breakfast while she waits for the real breakfast.
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GotKids 08:33 PM 07-19-2012
breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks. Kiddo's start showing up at 6 am and leave by 6 pm
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dave4him 08:41 PM 07-19-2012
You don't want to know
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juliebug 09:02 PM 07-19-2012
8am breakfast
11:30 lunch
3:15 snack
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Neekie 10:32 PM 07-19-2012
Originally Posted by SilverSabre25:
Am snack/breakfast (I call it a snack to make the parents feed the kids at home but I serve according to breakfast guidelines)

Lunch

PM snack
LOL I do that very same thing!
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My3cents 05:04 AM 07-20-2012
Originally Posted by dave4him:
You don't want to know
What kind of an answer is this?

I am reading along to see what everyone does for meal times and I come across "You don't want to know" ugh!
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My3cents 05:13 AM 07-20-2012
I serve one snack a day. This works great for me.

Breakfast- 7:45ish
Lunch-11:30ish
PM snack 3-3:30ish
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Crazy8 05:32 AM 07-20-2012
Breakfast (brought from home) by 8am
AM snack - about 9:30
Lunch (brought from home) - 12:00pm
PM snack - 3:30ish (right after nap, diapers, etc.)

I have in my contract that child must eat breakfast at home if not arriving by 8am but if all the kids who eat here are earlier we will eat earlier.

I don't do the meal plan either - I just take the standard "snack" deduction on my taxes. Less paperwork, less work preparing meals and probably still same/close amount of money!
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momma2girls 07:31 AM 07-20-2012
I actually went away from serving breakfast about 5 yrs. ago. I didn't have time to cook or serve breakfast, when I had 3 or 4 families coming in between 7:30-8:00. Then I have 2 children of my own to make sure they were dressed, fed and ready to leave for school. Then I had another daycare girl I had to get ready for her ride to preschool at 8:30. I would serve breakfast at 9:00 or after. So I serve an am snack at 9 or 9:30, or if you call it breakfast. 11:30-12:00 dinner
3:30 pm snack
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crunchymama 08:22 AM 07-20-2012
Breakfast at 9am
Lunch at 12 noon
PM Snack at 3pm
Dinner at 6pm
Eve Snack at 9pm
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DCMom 08:28 AM 07-20-2012
Breakfast 8-8:30

Lunch 11:30

Snack 3:00

I sometimes will serve a morning snack if we are going to the park or having a water day. Then lunch gets pushed back to 12:00ish or later. Of course, this doesn't include all the popsicles and such we go thru with all the heat this summer!
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Lucy 10:37 AM 07-20-2012
My Summer schedule is a bit different than the school year. During the summer:

Breakfast about 8:15

Lunch about 11:30

Snack about 3:00



For the ones that stay the latest (5:30) -- at about 5:00 I will give them a few grapes, or a quarter of a banana just to hold them over. Probably could get away with not, but they are starting to complain of hunger, and I'm a softie. But I don't want to give too much so that they don't eat their dinner.
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MaritimeMummy 10:47 AM 07-20-2012
I do 2 snacks. One at 9am and one at 3pm. If the child comes very early or stay very late, the parents know they have to send breakfast and a late afternoon snack. I have one little guy who comes at 6:30am and leaves at anywhere between 5:30-6pm, he comes with breakfast and "supper" every day.
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SquirrellyMama 11:55 AM 07-20-2012
Originally Posted by DCMom:
Breakfast 8-8:30

Lunch 11:30

Snack 3:00

I sometimes will serve a morning snack if we are going to the park or having a water day. Then lunch gets pushed back to 12:00ish or later. Of course, this doesn't include all the popsicles and such we go thru with all the heat this summer!
This is what I do except lunch can be anywhere from 11am-12:30pm depending on what we do in the morning. Kids are here from 7:45a-5pm. In the fall it will be 7:30am-5:30m.

Kelly
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renodeb 12:04 PM 07-20-2012
Breakfast, lunch, and pm snack is what I do. I dropped my am snack cause then they werent eatting there lunch! )JMO!
Debbie
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