Mealtime at WOW is not only for eating, but also learning. Teachers, during this time, should promote self care behaviors (setting up to lunch, feeding and cleaning up after themselves). Additionally, teachers should be focused on having conversation with children of any age. Connections built at lunchtime will help you build bonds and will open up conversations at other times of the day. 

Infants (older)

  • Teacher/children washes hands

  • One teacher gets out food

  • Both teachers get children to table and start preparing food

  • Children eat while teachers write down what eating

  • Someone goes to play area with children who are done

  • Teacher cleans up while children finish

Toddlers

  • Children help prepare for lunch

  • Wash hands

  • Transition to lunch activity (same everyday)

  • Children sit at tables while getting each plate out (prioritize children who have issues waiting)

  • Sit at table and talk to children while writing down foods

  • Have children clean up their own spaces as they finish

  • Someone goes with children to transition activity

  • Someone else sits with children and cleans up lunch as they finish

PS/PK/SA

  • Children help prepare for lunch

  • Wash hands

  • Transition to lunch activity (same everyday)

  • Let children get out food while teachers help

  • Sit at table and talk to children while writing down foods

  • Have children clean up their own spaces as they finish

  • Someone goes with children to transition activity

  • Someone else sits with children and cleans up lunch as they finish

During mealtimes Infants and Toddler rooms have a planned lesson to start conversation with children. This needs to be done daily and is often a COR observation area. 

Young Infant Mealtimes

Mealtimes for younger children, who are bottle fed or are under 12 months, are done on their schedule. Please make sure you keep the following in mind during feeding times.

  1. Children and teachers must wash their hands prior to eating

  2. Teachers must wear gloves while preparing food and feeding

  3. All mealtimes should be recorded in the tablet and marked on the board

  4. Teachers should continuously engage with the child they are feeding

Children who are able to bottle feed themselves may be placed with a bottle. You may never prop a bottle on a child to feed them

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Mealtime