We believe that a thriving childcare environment includes a healthy nutrition program that enriches a child’s growth and development.
We strive to prepare meals that introduce new flavors and seasonal produce to the children’s diet while encouraging kids to explore a different variety of foods.
We are proud to serve fresh fruits and vegetables as well as offer organic milk. Two snacks and yummy lunch options are served daily with menus posted in each classroom.
A Nut Free Environment
FSA’s Centers are completely nut free. If your child has additional food allergies, please be aware that while we will do our best to provide an acceptable alternative, you may wish to supply your child’s meals.
Family Style Eating
FSA is proud to incorporate “Family Style Eating” into our everyday meal plans. In addition to following the American Academy of Pediatrics: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Program as it relates to food service, seating, and supervision, FSA encourages children to feed themselves at age appropriate stages.
According to Healthypreschoolers.com
” This type of meal service allows teachers, caregivers, and children to eat together, creating a relaxed environment. Also, this method is ideal for providing a conversational environment where children can not only develop good social skills but can also learn good eating habits.
- Characteristics of Family Style Meals
- Food is placed on the table in serving bowls, plates, or baskets.
- There are serving utensils for all food.
- Everyone, including the adult, sits down together and eats the same meal.
- Food is passed from one person to another.
- Everyone serves himself (or receives assistance as needed).
- There is adequate food provided on the table for the children and adults.
- Children may have second helpings.
- Everyone participates in a pleasant social atmosphere.
- There is opportunity to practice cooperation and respect.”
FSA believes that Family Style Eating plays a significant role in early education as it supports the following age-appropriate developmental goals as outlined by healthykidshealthyfuture.org:
“Social/Emotional Development — Children learn how to be responsible for themselves as well as others by following rules and routines such as passing food items. They are also developing independence and self-direction.
Physical Development — Fine motor skills are developed as they use utensils to serve and eat as well as pitchers to pour. Their eye-hand coordination benefits from these simple tasks as they learn to control the small muscles in their hands.
Language Development — Language and literacy skills are developed as they engage in conversations with staff and other children. Staff can use this time to talk with children about activities and important events going on in their lives, about the healthy foods being introduced, and classroom happenings or plans.
Cognitive Development — Children’s problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making and understanding are developed by learning amounts, sizes, textures, numbers, counting, position of food items and tableware.”