Food Handling and Preparation in a Child Care Setting
When evaluating a child care center, ask about how food is handled
and what types of eating areas are provided.
- Are meals or snacks prepared on-site? If so,
where? What types of food are provided?
- Are there any restrictions
on what types of food children can bring?
Ask about the food preparation areas. Make sure the following
standards are met:
- Counters and tabletops are
- Appliances are in good repair.
- Cutting boards
are nonporous (plastic, glass, or Formica; not wood).
foods are prepared and kept separately from uncooked products, such as raw
- Cabinets and refrigerators are clean and
- Either disposable dishes and utensils are used, or all
nondisposable dishes are cleaned in a dishwasher with water heated above
Ask the following questions about how food is stored, prepared, and
- Are all food containers labeled? Are children's
individual meals (including breast milk) labeled with a name, date, and type of
- How are child care and food preparation duties separated? If
the same person is responsible for both, are the guidelines for hand-washing
after diapering strictly enforced?
- Are any raw foods prepared? If
so, how? (Raw meats, raw eggs, or any products that contain raw eggs should not
- Are children taught not to share food, utensils, or
plates? How are spills handled? Are all items that are dropped on the floor
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||September 14, 2012|