Things to Consider when Planning for Physical Activities in Child Care

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Childhood obesity is a growing problem in early childhood. Child care providers can play an important role in preventing obesity by helping children stay active and learn the importance of physical activity. Here are 15 things to consider as you help the children in your child care program stay physically active.

  1. A major reason for the growth in the rate of childhood obesity is lack of exercise. Children today are less active, and the rates of childhood obesity are growing

Meals and Snacks in Child Care

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Meal and snack times in child care can be a great opportunity for introducing new foods and healthy eating habits. Eating times are also a wonderful chance for children to practice self-help skills and learn how to have mealtime conversations. Invite children to talk about their families and pets. Encourage discussions about where foods come from and discuss the colors of different foods. Show children how to set the table and count out silverware, cups and plates. Meal and snack …

Feeding Solid Foods to Infants in Child Care

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Introducing solid foods is an important milestone in infant development. Child care providers can help infants make the transition from formula or breast milk to solid foods, in partnership with the infant’s family.

Be sure to let parents take the lead on introducing solid foods, together with their child’s doctor. Work with parents to set up a feeding plan. Introduce the same new foods at the same time at home and in child care. Here are some guidelines child care …

Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition in Child Care

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All children, especially infants, must have adequate nutrition to help them grow in a healthy way. Child care providers need to work closely with families to ensure that all children in your child care program receive healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks. There are a variety of ways to provide good nutrition for infants. Some infants are breastfed, and others are fed infant formula. Most infants will eat from a bottle while they are in child care, but mothers who are …