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Old 01-11-2019, 09:18 PM
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Lightbulb Do You Cook for Your DC Kids?

Do you prepare meals for your DC kids or do you make parents pack meals for them? Why did you decide to do things that way?
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:38 PM
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I prepare meals for the dc kids. I decided to do it that way because it seems to be a standard thing; most day cares offer that service here. I think I'd be a little less competitive if I made the parents pack their kids' lunches. I also chose to do it because in our regs, we have to make up for any food group that's missing from a child's lunch from home. If a parent packs milk, a tuna sandwich and a Devil Dog, I'd have to provide the veggie and fruit. Rather than scrambling to make up for what several kids might be missing in their lunch bag every day, it just seemed easier to provide meals.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:23 PM
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I didn’t even know that not providing meals was a thing that people do until I found this forum. Providing meals is what I grew up with attending daycare and what everyone that I personally know does now.

The local Montisorri school has children bring their own lunches but that place is viewed as more “preschool” and is very expensive for the area.. pretty much the only kids enrolled there belong to Doctors.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:52 AM
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I prepare meals. I don't know that I ever thought about it, I just did it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:35 AM
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I prepare meals. My newest dcf prefers to bring their son's food, which is alright with me. He just eats weird(IMO)things so I'm glad. I do fill in his meals with whatever fruit/veggies are on our menu.
I've always provided their food; seems easier for me. But I do have to admit, I long for the day I don't need to anymore. Feels like I spend way too much time in the kitchen.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:21 AM
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I prepare meals for the kids, I have my own in care do it just seemed to make sense to do it for all. I've had parents send lunch before for a kid, and had no problem with it. Just told dks that his mommy made his lunch and they were find with it. Though I dont get many I do ask parents with a child under 1, to provide own food. As well I dont provide formula or for example lactose free milk.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:40 AM
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I provide all food. When I first started and I just had 1 child, the mom would provide food. Her child was 1 year old, and she would send him a jar of stage 1 apples for the whole day. But, once I became licensed I took care of all food. To me, it just makes sense. Plus, I know the kids are heating healthy and there's no fighting if someone has a food that the others want.
However, I don't cater to special diets. I have a child whose mom doesn't want him eating dairy or citrusy foods, so she brings substitutes on the days we have those.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:47 AM
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I provide meals.

Being very rural, with few local (convenient) options for procuring affordable, healthy, whole foods and with parents limited time at home equates to a lack of home cooking. We only have fast food chains, as well. Many kids here are overfed but malnourished. Anemia is a real problem. French fries and soda diet.

I educate parents through menus, photos, and newsletters, as well.

Good food, lots of exercise and sound sleep make for happy and healthy kids. Happy and healthy kids make my job enjoyable. I stack the deck in my favor.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:25 AM
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I cook! I don't allow anything from home
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:55 AM
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We do Mondays as cold lunch days, because that is the day my assistant is off and I’m alone. Every other day lunch is provided. The kids enjoy having one day a week to bring in lunch boxes and compare lunches, and I get one day less of providing it for them. I do have a rule that no snack type foods are allowed.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:32 PM
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My kid has food allergies, so nobody but me brings food in here.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:01 PM
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1: parents don't want the hassle of packing lunches
2: parents tend to pack garbage and I don't want to be the lunch police
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:55 AM
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I don't cook. My DH does though

I don't allow food from home of ANY kind.

I don't substitute meals or items. (other than documented allergies)

I follow the food program meal requirements and then some..... (we go above and beyond in the veggie department).

There is enough on each plate for every child to choose something healthy and nutritious during every meal.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:29 AM
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I cook and have always done it this way. It is just easier to feed everyone the same thing and make sure they are getting healthy foods. Unhealthy food is one more conversation I do not want to have with parents!
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:41 AM
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I make homemade meals for the daycare children. I need to eat (and so do my own children) so it makes sense that I would cook. Also, this way, I can be sure they are eating healthy foods. Cause I've seen what some parents pack their kids at my son's pre-k program... donuts, juice, junk. I don't want that in my house. On occasion that stuff is fine, but it's hardly "food" or "nutritious". That and it's less stuff from home that could be forgotten (what do you do if a child forgets their lunch?). I just added in a morning snack and I have parents provide a shelf-stable item for that from home.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:29 AM
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I do the meals & snacks so I know what the kids are eating. Plus I have a DCP who I’m pretty sure would grub hub fast food daily if I had them bring meals.
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