MEALS AND SNACKS (with the exception of infants)
It is the parents' responsibility to inform the office staff if your child/children have any known or suspected allergies to food, textiles, animals, chemicals or pollens.
Breakfast, lunch and a mid-afternoon snack will be served daily. The weekly menu is posted in the kitchen and on the bulletin board next to the front door. All foods served will be nutritious and all fruit juices will be 100% fruit, and milk will be 1% or whole milk and served with both breakfast and lunch (as per USDA food grant requirements). Outside food is not permitted to be brought or sent in with your child for eating within the facility unless you bring enough for your child's entire class and it is pre-arranged with your child's teacher. School aged children that will be eating with us before we transport them to school in the morning must arrive no later than 8 am. If they eat prior to their arrival, they may arrive as late as 8:10. As a gentle reminder, for an optimal day of learning to take place, children need to eat breakfast every day.
Sample Menus of Food Provided for children 1 year and older
Breakfast: Waffles, bananas, and milk.
Lunch: Chicken Alfredo, broccoli, milk, and orange wedges.
Snacks: Assorted crackers, fresh or canned fruits and vegetables, rice cakes, etc.
At each meal or snack, a choice of at least two beverages will be offered to include 100% fruit juice, 1% or whole milk and water. It has been our experience that children arriving late will not sit and eat while watching the rest of his/her classmates begin their exciting learning time activities.
Breakfast will be served to those children arriving to the center before 8:45am (school-age 8:00am). Also, please note that due to allergy concerns, we do not allow children to eat outside food in front of the other children. (This includes hot chocolate, breakfast bars, chewing gum, candy, McDonalds etc.)
INFANT FOOD SERVICE
Infants’ solid foods, such as cereals, vegetables, fruits, and meats, as well as some selected formulas will be supplied by our center. Infant bottles are also supplied by the center. Each infant will have their bottles marked with their names. They will be washed and sanitized after each use. We will replace the nipples as needed and as your child grows. We use standard type bottles, lids and caps with appropriately sized nipples.
Due to the many brands and types of bottles it is not efficient for us to store, clean and keep track of the many types of bottles for you. If you choose to supply your infant’s bottles they will be rinsed out and returned to you daily. You will be responsible for cleaning, sanitizing and returning enough complete bottles for the next day. (We can not wash and sanitize any personal bottles) Please supply at least 3 complete bottles per day for your child, this includes caps for each bottle.
We do not allow children to use bottles or pacifiers after the age of 1. Children/infants are not allowed to be on the floor with either of these due to the high occurrence of sharing! (children who are new to the center may have pacifiers and use bottles while they are acclimating to their new environment.) Bottles will never be propped up in beds and we will not put cereal in the child’s bottle. Please do not ask the staff in the infant rooms to do this as it is against our policy.
Imagination Station provides the following formulas:
Similac or Enfamil w/lipids and Isomil Soy all fortified with Iron
If you choose to use a brand of formula that we do not supply, it will need to be purchased and provided in its original sealed container for opening at our center. It will then be labeled with the child's name, the date opened, and used prior to the expiration date and in most cases used within 30 days.
Formula will be prepared daily according to the manufacturer's directions and
refrigerated, but discarded within 24 hours when mixed with water.
Breast milk must be labeled with the child’s name (please use first name and last initial) and the date it was expressed and be provided daily, unless frozen in sterile baby bottles or bottle liners. (we prefer frozen in individual freezer bags) If provided frozen, the milk will be placed in a container and kept frozen until ready to use. It will then be thawed with hot water or in the refrigerator (not in a microwave oven) and if not used, discarded or returned to the parent daily. It will not be refrozen.
Again, it is the parents' responsibility to inform the management at this center if your child/children have any known allergies to food, textiles, animals, chemicals or pollens.
*Feeding Infants Solids
We use fresh cooked & blended foods whenever available. We also use Gerber or Heinz strained baby foods. We do not use commercially blended foods like Chicken noodle dinner or cereal and bananas. However, we do use vegetables and fruits that are mixed, such as garden vegetables or apricots with mixed fruit. These foods do not have added fillers, salt or sugars. We do not allow outside foods for children.
We do not feed children under the age of 1 the following, strawberries, honey, nuts, chocolate, eggs or avocados. If you have any questions, please stop by or call us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Imagination Station Daycare and Preschool
300 E. 56th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99518
(907) 563-8290 Fax (907) 563-8830
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