Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service
4.5 Meal Service, Seating, and Supervision
188.8.131.52: Numbers of Children Fed Simultaneously by One Adult
One adult should not feed more than one infant or three children who need adult assistance with feeding at the same time.
RATIONALECross-contamination among children whom one adult is feeding simultaneously poses significant risk. In addition, mealtime should be a socializing occasion. Feeding more than three children at the same time necessarily resembles an impersonal production line. It is difficult for the caregiver/teacher to be aware of and respond to infant feeding cues when feeding more than one infant at a time. A child may need one-on-one feeding based on age or degree of ability. Feeding more than three children also presents a potential risk of injury and/or choking.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS184.108.40.206 Feeding Infants on Cue by a Consistent Caregiver/Teacher
220.127.116.11 Serving Size for Toddlers and Preschoolers
18.104.22.168 Encouraging Self-Feeding by Older Infants and Toddlers
22.214.171.124 Socialization During Meals
126.96.36.199 Adult Supervision of Children Who Are Learning to Feed Themselves