Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service
4.5 Meal Service, Seating, and Supervision
18.104.22.168: Experience with Familiar and New Foods
In consultation with the family and the nutritionist/registered dietitian, caregivers/teachers should offer children familiar foods that are typical of the child’s culture and religious preferences and should also introduce a variety of healthful foods that may not be familiar, but meet a child’s nutritional needs. Experiences with new foods can include tasting and swallowing but also include engagement of all senses (seeing, smelling, speaking, etc.) to facilitate the introduction of these new foods.
RATIONALEBy learning about new food, children increase their knowledge of the world around them, and the likelihood that they will choose a more varied, better balanced diet in later life. Eating habits and attitudes about food formed in the early years often last a lifetime. New food acceptance may take eight to fifteen times of offering a food before it is eaten (1).
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS22.214.171.124 Written Menus and Introduction of New Foods
126.96.36.199 Introduction of Age-Appropriate Solid Foods to Infants
- Sullivan, S. A., L. L. Birch. 1990. Pass the sugar, pass the salt: Experience dictates preference. Developmental Psychology 26:546-51.