At all ages meals are a moment of pleasure which will later lead to the notion of conviviality when the meals will be taken within the family. Furthermore, meals will be served at regular hours (around 11h15 for the older children) and in a peaceful atmosphere. The younger children (10 weeks old) may have 3 or 4 bottles during their stay at the child care center. Quantities, hours and frequency of meals will depend on the children’s rhythm.
Starting around 4-6 months the children will have 2 meals at the center, at times 3: lunch and snack and sometimes a further snack in the morning for those who arrive early.
The infant needs as much tenderness as he needs milk. It is therefore fundamental to carry the child in one’s arms while giving him the bottle. The contact, words and cuddles contribute to his awakening and happiness. It is important to not engage in any other activitiy during the meal to respect the digestion rhythm of each child.
When the child is capable of sitting without effort, he may be seated at the table and he expresses his desire to eat alone with an adult’s help.
If at the moment of the meal the child is sleeping, his meal will be placed in the refrigerator and will be heated up in the microwave at the appropriate time.
Before being seated at the table, the older children will go to the toilet to wash their hands. The children are seated around a small table and each has his own meal provided by the parents. The child at first eats in a chaotic way, but one can then progressively observe how the child slowly starts eating in a more traditional order. The children eat with a small spoon or fork and becomes familiar with the necessary eating objects (glass, bowl, spoon, plate..) by bringing them to his mouth.
The meals for the older children are supplied by the center. The daily rate is CHF 12.50 (meal and snack).
The food is included in the monthly rate for the "toddlers" and the "walkers", please contact the director for special wishes.
At the child care center we will preserve the child’s individuality and rhythm and at the same time will prepare him to group socialization. The adult will follow the child during the meal; his use of language and behaviour will assure that the meal is not perceived as a constraint but as a favorable moment for discovering new kinds of food, flavours (sense of taste, salty, sweet, acide, bitter..). The adult will not force any quantity on the child, the important is to taste and form one’s own opinion of it.