We have a full size home - like kitchen and a wonderful cook who makes fresh meals and goodies every day for the children and the staff. Within this kitchen area, we have an island with bar style chairs where parents can sit and enjoy watching their children play while sipping on a fresh cup of coffee or tea.
Pine Tree Preschool has three formal sit down eating times and a few informal eating/drinking times. Formal times: Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack. Informal times are throughout the morning and afternoon schedules when children individually express they are hungry or thirsty.
Breakfast and Snacks
Healthy snacks are so important to a child's diet. Good snacks provide vitamins, nutrients, and fiber to keep growth on track. Pine Tree preschool will provide healthy snack to ensure your children are eating healthy.
School Lunch and Home Lunch
Pine Tree Pre-School offers a lunch for an additional fee or you may send a lunch from home. Lunches brought from home must be put into a labeled lunch bag. For health reasons, the staff will not put these lunch bags into the refrigerator.
Please make sure your child has ice packs in their lunch pail to keep their food at a safe temperature. Individual children’ s lunch pails will be stored on the shelves underneath the white board and their lunch will be transferred to plates at lunch time.
Weekly menus and snacks schedules are posted in the Welcoming Room and in the kitchen . Our staff welcomes suggestions for meal planning.
- Children are required to wash their hands before and after sitting down for a meal or snack.
- During meal time, we focus on table manners and conversations with our friends.
- Children are selected each day to help set the tables, and serve food.
- Children are encouraged to pour their own milk, juice, or water and to use knifes.
- Children are to sit down at a table when eating or drinking.
- Children are taught how to clear their plates, cups, and utensils, wipe down the table and sweep, or mop underneath their eating area.
- Children are not allowed to walk around with food or drinks in the classrooms or the playground. Exception to this rule: the children in the Toddler program may have their sippy cups or bottles when they lay down for a rest
- Food waste must be discarded in the lidded kitchen garbage can.
- If a child has a particular dietary need, the Director must be informed in writing. The parents are responsible to send substitute snacks or meals from home
- If your child requires a substitute food because of medical or other special dietary needs, please let us know on the ”Food Allergy” form. Parents are required to send alternative snacks or lunch if your child cannot eat the food on our menu