The Berry Patch Professional Child Care Center earns ‘MOve Smart’ status

August 27, 2015 The Berry Patch Professional Child Care Center earns ‘MOve Smart’ status Center promotes an active lifestyle with physical activity standards for child care The Berry Patch has adopted new guidelines for physical activity to assist child care providers in guiding children’s optimal physical growth and health and further promote an active lifestyle. The Missouri MOve Smart Guidelines, developed by the MO Department of Health & Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance (CFNA), are designed to boost the physical activity practices and improve the health and wellness of children ages 2-5. The guidelines include recommendations for total amounts of structured and unstructured physical activity, indoor physical activity, learning integrated physical activity, screen time, staff participation in physical activity and staff role modeling of an active lifestyle. “This center’s accomplishment demonstrates a commitment to the health of the children in care,” said Ann McCormack, Bureau Chief of CFNA. “Children who are active throughout the day are establishing life-long healthy habits that help to prevent obesity and reduce their risk for chronic diseases as they age.  Children who are active are more likely to become active adults.” The MOve Smart program is voluntary and open to all licensed and license-exempt child care facilities throughout Missouri. The program is offered at three levels: minimum, which closely follows the minimum state licensing requirements, intermediate and advanced. Each level requires increasingly higher physical activity standards, and only centers that meet the intermediate or advanced levels are recognized. The Berry Patch Professional Child Care Center, LLC has achieved the intermediate level. More information about the MOve Smart Guidelines can be...

MENU

A nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are prepared at the Center and served daily.  The menu is posted in the bulletin board across from the office and in each classroom. Breakfast is served at 8:15am. If you would like us to feed your child breakfast they need to arrive at the center no later than 8:15. The two year old classroom has a morning snack at 10:00 and everyone has lunch between 11:45-12:00. Afternoon snack is served at 3:15 after the children wake up from their naps. Berry Patch practices Family Style Dining. Family Style Dining is an approach to serving meals that allows the children to serve themselves from shared bowls and platters of food. Everyone is served the same meal and eats together at the same time. The teachers eat lunch with the children to create a home-like atmosphere.  During this time, we teach the fundamentals of good nutrition, sound eating habits and table manners.   Food exceptions may be made for medical or religious reasons.    ...

BOOK ORDERS

The Berry Patch families will have opportunities to order from several book clubs through out the year. Scholastic book club order forms will be placed on the Parent Table and Main door about every 5 weeks. Along with the order form will be the due date and the information for placing your order online. I believe you can check the website and order books anytime. If you do just let Karla know so she will know to look for your books. The Berry Patch receives points and free books for every book ordered. So in addition to the great prices you get we get new books and CD’s. We also have The Book Lady set up a display about every 4-6 weeks. The display is set up for a week and the books you order are delivered when she picks up her...