Schools and Daycare: Learning to eat well is a life-skill. You can help.
- Teachers and school or childcare staff may eat as many or more meals with a child as parents do.
- You have an opportunity to help children learn to grow up and feel good about eating and food!
- There are many things you can do to help, and just as many things that don’t help.
- Help every child, including those with feeding challenges, eat to the best of her or his abilities!
The kids are happier and eating better, and we enjoy our time together more. Eat ‘this before that’ rules meant lunchtime nagging. It didn’t work.Maria, preschool teacher
- Videos and training materials for feeding well in early childhood settings. University of Idaho
- Montana Comfortable Cafeteria Video and resources for school lunches.
- Montana team nutrition handouts, peer consulting and more.
- Ellyn Satter’s childcare feeding guide PDF.
- Ellyn Satter’s guide for school nutrition.
- Ontario Ministry of Education videos and materials on self-regulation in childcare
- % of children parents identify as picky 33%
- children with special needs who struggle with eating 75%
- % of parents who ask a doctor for help with feeding 33%
- Parents, Not Schools, Should Decide What to Pack for Lunch NYT Motherlode blog from the authors
- Don’t Judge Me for What’s in My Son’s Lunchbox Scarymommy blog
- Stay Out of My Child’s Lunchbox article Daily Life Australia
- “The Open Lunchbag Policy Works!” blog from The Feeding Doctor