Drop-In Day Care Foodstuffs

Food for Thought


If your child is enrolled here at St. Paul’s Day Care, it should be noted that Child Care does not serve breakfast. Please be sure your child has eaten before arriving.

All children will receive a mid-morning snack of Cheerio’s (toddlers) or graham crackers (older children).  We also have frequent trips to the water fountain. (during COVID-19 we will not be using the water fountain but will provide water in disposable cups).


Lunchbox Chatter


This is our busiest time of the day! If you would like your child/children to enjoy lunch with us, please plan to arrive at Child Care by 11:15 a.m.  Children who are enrolled and are finishing the morning session of preschool arrive at 11:30 AM).  We close our doors at 11:15 AM to serve lunch and reopen at 12:15 PM.

All children who are in Child Care at this time MUST have a lunch.  Phone may not be answered during our lunch hour, which runs from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Please provide a SMALL lunchbox for your child, clearly marked with their first and last name.  Lunchboxes will be placed in the refrigerators upon arrival.  We request non-heatable foods, but we do have access to microwave ovens if food needs warmed.

We purposely leave uneaten foods (mainly those that will not spoil) in the lunchbox so the parent(s) can see what the child has or has not eaten.  It may also be a great snack for the ride home! If there is any perishable Items your lunchbox will be put back into the refrigerator.

Children are offered sandwiches, etc., first before desserts and drink.  Please limit sweets for your child/children to one.

We recommend choosing foods that are easy to serve in order to speed the serving process.  Foods wrapped in foil, baggies, or waxed paper “open” more easily than Saran Wrap.

Children like feeding themselves, but we are concerned about children choking on foods while eating in a group setting.  Apples, grapes, bananas, and pears can be cut and dipped in lemon or pineapple juice to prevent them from discoloring.

Remember, small amounts of a variety of foods will entertain your child and reduce the amount of uneaten food.

Feel free to write notes to your children and place in their lunch boxes, or add stickers.  Kids love this!!


Food Suggestions

 Parents often ask for lunch suggestions, and over the years we have compiled the following list of recommendations:

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Raw veggies cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Fruit in plastic containers
  • Small pretzels
  • Yogurt
  • Plain pasta noodles
  • Food in individual serving containers
  • SMALL sized juice boxes

Toddlers tend to be messy, so please include a bib INSIDE their lunchbox/bag.


Foods Discouraged in Child Care


There are a number of foods that we at St. Paul’s discourage parents from including in their child/children’s lunches.  If included in lunches, they will not be given. 

The following is a list that has been compiled:

  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts
  • Hard candy
  • Chewing gum
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Life Savers
  • Smarties


Infant Feedings

Infants under one year of age are fed according to the schedule provided by the parent. All infants are held and rocked while drinking their bottles, unless otherwise specified by the parent. Bottles are warmed in a bottle warmer.


Drop-In Day Care Links

July 2016 Brochure     Announcements    Child Care Home

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