Child Care and Food Handling

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Child Care and Food Handling

Observe what goes on in the child-care setting. You should be able to answer "yes" to these questions:

  • Do children, staff and volunteers wash and dry their hands before and after eating or participating in food activities?
  • Do children wash and dry their hands after outdoor play, toileting, touching animals, sneezing or wiping their nose?
  • Does each child have his or her own washcloth?
  • Are child-care providers practicing appropriate sanitation and food-handling techniques?
  • Are bottles and foods brough from home refrigerated, and if necessary, heated safely? (Hint: When you send food, always label it with your child's name. Transport perishable foods in an insulated sack with a cold pack.)
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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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