As part of the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Regulation, a Daily Snack is to be provided to the students each day. The scheduled Parent Helper is responsible for providing the scheduled Healthy Snack and Beverage (ie. Fruit & Grains, Vegetables & Grains, Sandwiches, Cheese & Grains and Parents Choice Day) for 17 children.
LCDS chooses to serve the daily snack in a group setting.
Serving snack in a group setting:
- Ensures all of the children have the same choice of snack on a daily basis.
- Allows the children to experience new foods they may not try at home and parents or staff members are able to monitor children’s allergies or food reactions on any given day.
- Eliminates students arriving at school with too much food, food which does not adhere to the allergy restrictions, comparison and completion among peers and between parents to have “The Best Snack”.
- Snack shall have one serving each from 2 or more basic food groups consistent with Canada’s Food Guide.
For example – Monday may be Fruit and Grains day, the parent might bring fruit such as strawberries and oranges with cinnamon pita chips, the beverage might be white or chocolate milk. Tuesday may be cheese and Grains day, the parent might bring cheddar or marble cheese and Ritz crackers, the beverage might be apple juice. “Healthy Water” is always offered as an alternate choice to whatever the beverage might be.
Each month the snack schedule will rotate to the next day of the week to ensure each family gets a chance to bring something different for snack; for example, Mondays in February might be Cheese & Crackers, the next month Cheese & Crackers will be rotated to Tuesdays.
Birthdays are a special snack day where we celebrate your child’s special day in class. For snack you would bring a Birthday snack such as cupcakes with fresh fruit or ice cream with fresh fruit. We ask that all Birthday snacks be Peanut and Tree Nut free.