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Self Assessment Questionnaire (saq): A Part Of Choice Creating Healthy Opportunities In Child Care Environments

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The Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) is meant to be used by child care center directors, staff, and family child care providers as a first step to help develop and implement nutrition and physical activity policy. It is designed to be brief, easy to use, understand and interpret. It is meant to be a "snap shot" of your child care environment at the moment you are answering the questions. 1. The SAQ has 35 Best Practice statements, arranged in four categories: * Nutrition: Feeding Practices * Nutrition: Food Served * Physical Ac

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Parents receive written nutrition policies upon enrollment.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 2. 
    Parents are informed about what their children are eating.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 4. 
    Menus are posted for parents to see.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 5. 
    Meals and snacks are scheduled at regular times.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 6. 
    Portion sizes are age appropriate.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 7. 
    Mealtimes are relaxed, calm and with shared conversation.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 8. 
    Children decide which foods they will eat from the foods offered.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 9. 
    Children are not required to eat all the food on their plates.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 10. 
    Children serve themselves from serving dishes at mealtime.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 11. 
    Children with special needs have their nutrition needs taken into account.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 12. 
    Food is served in a form that young children can eat with minimum assistance and without choking.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 13. 
    Adults sit with children at mealtime.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 14. 
    Adults eat the same foods as children at mealtime.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 15. 
    Foods are served that reflect the ethnicity and cultures of all children in the center/home.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 16. 
    Special occasions and holidays are celebrated with mostly healthy foods or with non-food treats.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 17. 
    Parents are provided a supportive breastfeeding environment.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 18. 
    Water is freely available both indoors and outdoors.
    • A. 

      Already doing

    • B. 

      Making progress in doing

    • C. 

      Planning to do

    • D. 

      Not planning to do

  • 19. 
    100% fruit juice is offered:
    • A. 

      1 time per day

    • B. 

      2 times per day

    • C. 

      3-4 times per day

    • D. 

      Never

  • 20. 
    Chicken nuggets, fish sticks, hot dogs, corn dogs, bologna or other lunch meat, sausage or bacon
    • A. 

      1 time per week

    • B. 

      2 times per week

    • C. 

      3-4 times per week

    • D. 

      Never

  • 21. 
    Whole grain bread, oatmeal, whole grain cereal, brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, corn tortillas or other whole grains.
    • A. 

      1 time per day

    • B. 

      2 times per day

    • C. 

      3-4 times per day

    • D. 

      Never

  • 22. 
    Vegetables including fresh, frozen or canned
    • A. 

      1 time per day

    • B. 

      2 times per day

    • C. 

      3-4 times per day

    • D. 

      Never

  • 23. 
    Fruit, including fresh, canned in water or own juice, frozen or dried
    • A. 

      1 time per day

    • B. 

      2 times per day

    • C. 

      3-4 times per day

    • D. 

      Never

  • 24. 
    Milk served to children ages 2 years and older
    • A. 

      Whole or regular

    • B. 

      2% reduced fat

    • C. 

      1% reduced fat

    • D. 

      Skim or non-fat

  • 25. 
    Parents receive written physical activity policy upon enrollment.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 26. 
    Daily play and planned movement experiences both indoors and outdoors are provided to children.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 27. 
    Information is provided to parents about their children’s physical activity choices while in child care.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 28. 
    Staff participate in physical activities with children
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 29. 
    Restriction of play time is not used as a disciplinary tool.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 30. 
    Activities, equipment and outside play areas are developmentally appropriate and safe.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 31. 
    Media time for children is used only for educational purposes.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 32. 
    Training opportunities are provided for staff on physical activity for children.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 33. 
    Training opportunities are provided for staff on child nutrition.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 34. 
    Parents are provided information that encourages physical activity at home.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do

  • 35. 
    Parents are provided information on child nutrition and healthy eating.
    • A. 

      Already Doing

    • B. 

      Making Progress in Doing

    • C. 

      Planning To Do

    • D. 

      Not Planning To Do