Under the Day Nurseries Act:  
  • Children under one year of age must be fed according to written instructions from a parent. Food or drink parents send with their children must be labelled with the child's name.
  • Children should receive balanced meals consisting of 1 serving from the grain products, 2 servings from the vegetables and fruit group, 1 serving of milk products and 1 serving from the meat and alternatives group.
  • A snack should include choices from 2 of the 4 food groups. Snacks should not interfere with a child's appetite at meal time, and should be foods that promote good dental health. 
  • Child care operators must post the names of children with food allergies and a description of their allergies in areas where food is prepared and served. 
  • Child care operators follow written instructions from parents about any special dietary needs.

Schedule 1 of the Day Nurseries Act: Serving sizes for specific age groups

R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 262, Sched. 1.

Each child one year of age or older in attendance for six hours or more must be offered food in the appropriate serving size, and should receive the appropriate quantity of food specific to their age range

Total amount of food to offer a child that is in attendance for 6 hours or more

R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 262, Sched. 2.

Use these two tables to plan how much and which types of food you will serve each day.

More information about:
Menu planning in child care centres
Feeding infants
Feeding toddlers
Feeding preschoolers 













Quick Reference

For more information on meals and nutrition requirements under the Day Nurseries Act, visit the website for Day Nurseries Act for Child Care Supervisors

Call Eat Right Ontario to talk to a registered dietitian for free: 1-800-510-5102