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

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

  
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1.  Parents receive written nutrition policies upon enrollment.
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2.  Parents are informed about what their children are eating.
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3.  If food is brought from home, parents are provided with guidelines.
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4.  Menus are posted for parents to see.
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5.  Meals and snacks are scheduled at regular times.
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6.  Portion sizes are age appropriate.
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7.  Mealtimes are relaxed, calm and with shared conversation.
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8.  Children decide which foods they will eat from the foods offered.
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9.  Children are not required to eat all the food on their plates.
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10.  Children serve themselves from serving dishes at mealtime.
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11.  Children with special needs have their nutrition needs taken into account.
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12.  Food is served in a form that young children can eat with minimum assistance and without choking.
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13.  Adults sit with children at mealtime.
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14.  Adults eat the same foods as children at mealtime.
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15.  Foods are served that reflect the ethnicity and cultures of all children in the center/home.
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16.  Special occasions and holidays are celebrated with mostly healthy foods or with non-food treats.
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17.  Parents are provided a supportive breastfeeding environment.
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18.  Water is freely available both indoors and outdoors.
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19.  100% fruit juice is offered:
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20.  Chicken nuggets, fish sticks, hot dogs, corn dogs, bologna or other lunch meat, sausage or bacon
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21.  Whole grain bread, oatmeal, whole grain cereal, brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, corn tortillas or other whole grains.
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22.  Vegetables including fresh, frozen or canned
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23.  Fruit, including fresh, canned in water or own juice, frozen or dried
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24.  Milk served to children ages 2 years and older
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25.  Parents receive written physical activity policy upon enrollment.
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26.  Daily play and planned movement experiences both indoors and outdoors are provided to children.
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27.  Information is provided to parents about their children’s physical activity choices while in child care.
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28.  Staff participate in physical activities with children
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29.  Restriction of play time is not used as a disciplinary tool.
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30.  Activities, equipment and outside play areas are developmentally appropriate and safe.
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31.  Media time for children is used only for educational purposes.
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32.  Training opportunities are provided for staff on physical activity for children.
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33.  Training opportunities are provided for staff on child nutrition.
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34.  Parents are provided information that encourages physical activity at home.
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35.  Parents are provided information on child nutrition and healthy eating.
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