Food Safety: A Training Manual for Child Care Providers - Family Style Food Service In Child Care Facilities
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Family Style Food Service In Child Care Facilities
Definition: Family style food service
For Certified Family Homes and Child Care Centers only, the following rules are required
- Providers serving food at table to all children
- Children serving themselves at table from serving dishes with serving utensils
- Food prepared in kitchen in individual servings and children self-serving
When serving Family Style meals, where food is brought to the table in larger quantities and served to the plates at the table, a center/certified family home must have a written plan approved by the local health
department, which must include at the least the following elements:
- All staff engaged in food service must have food handlers cards.
- All persons eating or serving food must wash their hands before and after eating.
- Food must not be allowed to stand at room temperature in either the kitchen or the dining area before serving.
- Hot food must be kept at 140 degrees F or hotter, or cold food must be held at 45 degrees F or colder until served to children (41 degrees F is recommended by the Child Care Division).
- All foods, dishes, and utensils must be kept covered until served.
- Provide separate serving portions for each table.
- Use serving utensils that are different from eating utensils.
- Make special arrangements for mildly ill children to prevent the spread of illness; such as, disposable plates, cups and utensils and/or separate eating area.
- Supervise the children so they don't share food.
- Supervise the children or have an adult serve the second helping.
- Food brought to the table and not eaten must be discarded.