Meals, Snacks and Nutritional Needs
Endless Discoveries will provide morning and afternoon snack, lunch, milk and 100% juice. Our centers follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture. We ensure that:
- 1) liquids and food hotter than 110 degrees Fahrenheit are kept out of reach
- 2) all staff are educated on food allergies and they take precautions to ensure children are protected
- 3) prepared food is commercially prepared or prepared in a kitchen inspected by local health officials as applicable
Our menus are posted on our bulletin board in each classroom for your information. While children are in our care, they will be allowed to have second servings from the vegetable, fruit, grain, and milk group, and fresh water will always be available. These meals and drinks will count for some, but not all of your child’s daily nutritional needs. You, the parent, must understand that Endless Discoveries is not responsible for meeting all of your child’s daily food needs. Infants that are not ready for the food listed on our menu will be required to supply all bottles and jar food from home with instructions on the child’s daily feeding schedule. Bottles must be pre-made with the child’s name on the bottle. Our teaching staff will not be responsible for making any bottles.
Parents with children suffering from food allergies or who have religious preferences may communicate their needs with the kitchen personnel and the office. All limitations, in regards to the food Endless Discoveries serves, must be documented in writing by the parent/guardian and the child’s physician and received by management, the child’s classroom, and the kitchen. Parents are responsible for supplying any/all substitutions of food/drinks. In this event, tuition will not be reduced or discounted. For all food brought from home, Endless Discoveries ensures the safety of the food in regards of maintaining proper temperatures.
Endless Discoveries strictly prohibits any food made with nut products, sodas, candy bars and gum. To promote healthy eating habits, Endless Discoveries believes in Family Style Dining. This model will allow children to feed themselves upon their developmental level, offers an opportunity for caregivers to model appropriate dining etiquette, in a calm and unhurried manner. Family Style Dining will also allow children and caregivers to engage in communication that allows time to learn about healthy habits and personal individualized happenings while advocating good manners. In addition, Endless Discoveries has materials available upon request to all families from the USDA to help aid in healthy food habits and meal planning. This will include information on choking hazards, food allergies and other resources from choosemyplate.gov.