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The food program in a child care center serves many purposes. Proper food handling, food preparation, and serving children nutritious meals are extremely important. Eating meals together can help children to develop social skills and good eating habits.

Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment A

Tips and Ideas

Forum: Let's Share

How does your child care program handle allergies?

Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment B

Food Safety Scenario

Participate in the discussion board.


Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment C

Family Style Dining

Participate in the discussion board.



A Basic Approach to Feeding and Care

This course is designed to teach participants proper food handling procedures, how to plan nutritious meals, and how meal times can be used to develop social skills and good eating habits. 



This course is based on information on pages 140-171 in the Child Care Center Licensing Guidebook, 2nd ed. (2006). DEL-LC 2001 (x) 10/06.

Concepts covered:

  • Food handling
  • Dishwashing
  • Nutrition
  • Infant/Toddler Feeding



Learning Outcomes


Goal 1:

Demonstrate an understanding of proper food handling procedures.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify, from a list of temperature settings, proper food temperatures for both hot and cold food items

  • Identify, from a written scenario, food handling errors that need immediate correction

  • Identify safety procedures for bottle and formula preparation and feeding infants

  • Identify the steps involved in the three-step method to clean and sanitize dishes


Goal 2:

Demonstrate knowledge of infants’ and children’s nutritional needs, meal planning, and importance of using meal times to promote social skills and healthy eating habits in young children.


Participants will be able to:

  •  Identify appropriate foods to introduce at appropriate ages for infants/ toddlers

  •  Identify ways that meal time develops social skills and good eating habits in young children



Recommended Resources


Not while baby sleeps. DSHS Poster #24-71(X).

Pack-a-snack (lunch). DSHS Publication #22-53(X).

Pointers for parents: Microwaves and baby bottles don’t mix. DSHS Poster #24-63(X).

Satter, E. (1999). Secrets of feeding a healthy family. Madison, WI: Kelcy Press.

Satter, E. (2000). Child of mine: Feeding with love & good senses (3rd Edition). Boulder, CO: Ellyn Bull Publishing Company.

Super smart snacks: Recipes for healthy teeth. Department of Health Publication #130- 006.

Warner, P. (1985). Super snacks for kids. New York, NY: St. Martin Press.



Online Resources


For additional information on child development, we have provided links to optional resources and articles which you may choose to read and save on your computer. The links below may be for third-party websites. We do not control the content on third-party websites, which means that the web pages can be moved or changed at any time without our knowledge. We check the links below on a regular basis, however we are unable to guarantee that they will be functional at all times. If the link does not work, you can copy the title of the resource and paste it into Yahoo or Google to search for the location of the new page.

Articles/websites are for resource purposes only and are not necessarily the opinions of Successful Solutions or our trainers.


Website Links:


8 Weeks of Menu's for Child Care Programs by National Food Service Management Institute

Evaluation of Feeding Environments for Young Children, Laurel Branen PhD, Janice Fletcher EdD

Best Practices for Serving Foods to Groups of Children, Janice Fletcher and Laurel Branen, Univ. of Idaho

Food Safety is Everybody’s Business: Your guide to preventing foodborne illness published by Washington State Dept. of Health.


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