4.5 Meals & Nap/Rest Time

4.5.1 Meals

The Center participates in the Child Care Food Program, sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The goals of this program are to provide nutritious and appetizing meals and snacks for children, introduce different types of foods and help teach good eating habits. We will avoid serving overly sweet items and encourage children to appreciate the natural flavors of a variety of wholesome foods. Service will be family style with lots of opportunities for children to develop their skill in feeding and serving themselves. Our weekly menus will be posted for your convenience.

First Environments is a peanut-free center. If your child has a food allergy, please make sure that the staff and Health Coordinator are aware of it. All food allergies must be documented, posted, and a copy of the documentation must be kept in your child’s file as well as in their classroom.

Children may bring breakfast, lunch and/or snacks from home as long as it meets state nutrition standards. First Environments complies with USDA and the Child and Adult Care Food Program nutritional requirements. All outside food must be peanut-free.

Please bring your infant’s breast milk or water in a plastic or glass bottle. FEELC can accept glass bottles if they have a silicone sleeve. Please do not place glass breast milk bottles in the freezer. Please label all food items and bottles with your child’s first and last name and date. FEELC does not serve beef, pork, fish, hot dogs, grapes, nuts, popcorn, raw peas, hard pretzels, peanut butter, and chunks of raw carrots or meat larger than can be swallowed whole. Mini raw carrots are served to children older than 2 when teachers and parents are comfortable with the children’s chewing abilities. Staff cut/break foods into pieces no larger than ¼ inch square for infants and ½ inch squares for toddlers/twos, according to each child’s chewing and swallowing capability. The Staff will discard foods that have expired dates. 

Your child will receive meals and snacks depending upon the length of his/her stay at the Center. Typically, breakfast is served from 8:45-9:30 a.m., lunch from 11:45 - 12:30 p.m., and afternoon snack from 3:45-4:30 p.m. 

See Also: Seed to Table and Sample Menus

4.5.2 Nap/Rest Time

In the infant classrooms children nap and rest as needed. Infants are not on a schedule for nap/rest. Each infant has their own individual crib that is labeled. Infant crib mattress sheets are changed and washed at least once a day but sometimes multiple times per day depending on the infant’s needs. For ages Toddler-Pre-K, all classrooms have a scheduled nap/rest time after lunch. The times vary based on the age group. Your child’s class schedule will list the nap/rest time. Each child has their own individual labeled nap time mat. The sheets are changed and washed weekly as licensing requires. 


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Last updated: 1/26/2017