Are Kids Eating Enough at Daycare?
If you have kids in full-time day care, guidelines say that they should be receiving between one half and two-thirds of their recommended total daily calories there. That means they should be getting between 433 and 650 calories at home or elsewhere. But questionnaires given over a 15-month period to parents of 447 children in 30 day care centers revealed that kids consumed an average of 685 daily calories outside of day care. Half of the children consumed more than the away-from–day care target. The bottom line: Be mindful of what your kids are eating—both at home and away. If they’re eating enough at day care, be careful not to overfeed them when they get home.
Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online April 20, 2015