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Parenting => Food and Nutrition => Topic started by: Ccorners on September 11, 2009, 03:55:41 PM

Title: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: Ccorners on September 11, 2009, 03:55:41 PM
I am a new Daycare Director and I am worried about the amouts of food the children in my centre are eating. I find it hard to know when a child is really hungry aor just eating for the sake of eating. Some of our 3 year olds will eat more than staff if allowed. I am looking for information on serving sizes for children but really have found no helpfull information. I have read a lot of information on how Canada is over feeding our children, and I know good nutrition is very importiant. We feed the children as healty as we can, but how much is too much?
Any advise??
Title: Re: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: Laura on September 14, 2009, 04:31:43 PM
Are you looking to find information for just 3 year olds or do you have concerns with other ages as well?

Title: Re: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: Ccorners on September 23, 2009, 11:22:57 AM
18 months to 12 years
Title: Re: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: Laura on September 24, 2009, 07:38:02 PM
Here are some links that may be of some assistance to you:

Although some of the information may be American, there are some tools that can help you.

In general a toddler serving is 1/4 of an adult serving.

One serving of meat = 4 marbles
One serving of chopped fruits/veggies = 3 dominoes
One serving of cooked pasta = a ping pong ball
One serving of cheese = 2 dice
One serving of juice = a shot glass


One serving of grains = 1/2 tennis ball
One serving of fruits/veggies =2 golf balls
One serving of milk = 9 volt battery
One serving of meat = a deck of cards

This is not written in stone, some children may eat more, while others may eat less. Some may eat more at snack times instead of meal times. 

Also to keep in mind, some children who are more physically active, premature or recovering from an illness will require more calories. On general children between 1 to 3 years of age require 82 calories per kilogram of body weight.

Hope this helps.

Title: Re: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: swduncan on August 30, 2012, 12:51:47 PM
At the centre I work at we have a portion control document that accompanies our menus and are posted in each program room. We also have a budget of how much money is spent on each child per day, I don't know the amount off hand.

When serving a lunch or a snack I ensure that each child has enough of their portion, for their age group. We offer each child the choice of a lot, a little, or a taste of all items. If there is a child that only wants a taste of something or a little and doesn't want more/their whole alotted portion I then inturn give split that portion amongst the children who want more of the lunch/snack.

When our cook it making luch/snack, he goes by the portion control document, as well, when figuring the amount of lunch/snack to make.
Title: Re: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: stephenmiller on December 05, 2012, 06:48:57 AM
As you are having  this problem with 3 year and more ages of children then in order to satisfy their requirement you can assign different amount of fees for different ages of kids. If still you can not afford with that much of fees then you can charge extra amount for those kids who require little more food by consulting with their parents.
Title: Re: Portion Sizes for children
Post by: debbiedoeszip on April 05, 2014, 11:58:23 AM
Sorry to resurrect an old post but I just needed to comment...

I sometimes wonder if we're not, in fact, over-feeding our children at all, but under-exercising them and feeding them the wrong foods.  We may be feeding them too much food that is over-sweetened and over-salted (which would include most processed/packaged foods), foods which promote binge eating (eating when not hungry).  If we were to feed children all the blander foods they want and provide an environment that promotes physical activity (an environment without tvs, computers, or game systems), I wonder if we'd have any obesity issues in children at all.