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Nutrition, Health, and Safety

One of the most important responsibilities of early childhood administrators is to ensure that children's nutrition, health, and safety needs are met. For this discussion, select one of the following nutrition, health, or safety concerns to research:
Meal planning: A child who is on a gluten-free diet

Playground safety: A child who repeatedly breaks the rules at the playground

Immunizations: Parents who choose not to immunize their child

Childhood obesity: Parents who send their overweight child to school with unhealthy snacks

Food safety and sanitation: A food service worker at the center who doesn't use a hairnet or gloves

Communicable disease prevention: A teacher who does not wash her hands after helping children in the bathroom
Describe two to three strategies to address this nutrition, health, or safety concern. Support your ideas with a reference to at least one outside source and be sure to cite that source. Your discussion post should be at least 200 words in length.

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Meal Planning: If the school participates in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) school nutrition programs are required to accommodate students with medically necessary special diets; however, in order for a student to qualify, they must have a physician statement which includes what foods are to be omitted from the child's diet and what food must be substituted. The food service staff, along with administrators, and parents should meet to discuss the likes and dislikes and develop a gluten free menu, which mirrors the traditional menu as much as possible. Meet with school staff on a regular basis to discuss any concerns regarding the menu. The school staff must be educated on the modifications and the problems with cross contamination, and it is necessary to follow the physician's statement, and may not be revised or changed in ...

Solution Summary

Discusses how gluten free meals can be incorporated into school menus, how schools can educate parents on childhood obesity, and food safety and sanitation with food workers.