Child care providers and directors should discuss the specific vegetarian diet with the parents, and decide how to accommodate the child's needs.
If the menus cannot be changed completely, you may be able to make some substitutions for children who do not eat meat or other animal products.
They do make it possible for students with LD to show what they know without being impeded by their disability.
Consider including some of these foods in your weekly menus, both to help children from that culture feel more comfortable, and to introduce other children in in the child care program to these foods that are part of their classmate's culture.
If children are old enough to understand, explain what these foods are, and tell them a little about the cultural background or practices that include the foods.
Your local librarian may be able to help you locate children’s books or cookbooks with pictures to share with children to help them understand about foods from different cultures.
Parents may also be willing to bring foods from their culture or to help the children prepare a new food.
Breakfast: For more information on supporting children with special needs in a child care program, check out the e Xtension Alliance for Better Child Care section on Child Care for Children with Special Needs.
If a requested substitution meets the meal pattern requirements under any child nutrition program, the substitution can be made, but is not required. Substitutions must be made to the regular meal, including milk for any child with disabilities (i.e.
Here are some guidelines child care providers can use to manage food allergies in the child care setting: Occasionally, a family’s religious beliefs will prohibit or demand certain foods or foods at certain times.
When you talk with parents before enrolling the child, ask about these special practices, and discuss with the parents the best ways to accommodate these dietary changes.
Some children in child care have special dietary requirements.
Food allergies, cultural and religious preferences, and vegetarian diets are common issues in a child care program.
Here is an example of a vegetarian child care menu that follows the guidelines of the USDA's My Plate and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.