Running a daycare in your home can be very fun and rewarding, but it is never easy.  Making sure that your kids are getting the recommend amount of food on the food pyramid is essential to keeping them healthy.  You also want to make sure the parents are happy to see you involved and playing a positive role in the health of the child.  Finding things to eat that everyone likes can be challenging.  Below are some breakfast, lunch and snack ideas for your in home daycare.


  1. Eggs and toast
  2. Pancakes and fruit
  3. French toast and fruit
  4. Cereal with milk
  5. Oatmeal and raisins 
  6. Bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter
  7. Waffles with fruit on top
  8. English muffin sandwich with eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage (Kids love these)



  1. Grilled cheese with tomato soup
  2. Hot dogs and mixed fruit
  3. Pizza and pineapple
  4. Make your own sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly, deli meat, tuna sandwiches)
  5. Macaroni and cheese with beans
  6. Noodles and diced chicken
  7. Spaghettios with cheese slices
  8. Chicken Nuggets, rice and watermelon
  9. Turkey and mashed potatoes
  10. Ravioli with canned vegetables
  11. Homemade soup (with help from your little ones)
  12. Rice with their favorite vegetables and an apple
  13. Tacos (meat, tortillas, lettuce and tomato)
  14. Meatloaf
  15. Tortilla wraps
  16. Fish sticks



  1. String cheese and ritz crackers
  2. Celery with peanut butter and raisins on top.
  3. Carrots with dipping sauce
  4. Homemade chex mix
  5. Mixed fruit
  6. Applesauce
  7. Graham crackers
  8. Goldfish crackers
  9. Yogurt with granola
  10. Animal crackers
  11. Peanut butter toast
  12. Garlic bread
  13. Peanut butter balls
  14. Muffins
  15. Peanut butter saltine crackers
  16. Soft pretzel
  17. Homemade bread (banana bread, zucchini bread, carrot bread)
  18. Frozen grapes
  19. Homemade 100% juice popsicles (great for the summe time.


Serving milk with the meals is a smart choice.  For snack you can give the kids a cup of juice or water.  Mixing up your meals is a great idea to give the kids some variety.  When kids have the same thing for breakfast, lunch and snack everyday or even every week they get sick of it. 

Another great idea if you are running an in home daycare is to make a double batch of a meal you are eating for supper the night before if you know your kids will like it.  Serve it for lunch the next day to save on preparing the food during the day when you are the most busy.  This is very simple and the parents will be impressed with what you served their kids for lunch that day.  

sandwichCredit: Morgue File

You can also prepare meals ahead of time as well or buy prepackaged foods to serve to the daycare kids.  Frozen sloppy joe meat, stir fry meat, chicken meat, etc. are great.  Avoid processed frozen food like t.v. dinners where the entire meal is already boxed together.  Although they may have a variety of food, these heavily processes foods really are not good for kids at all.

Having the kids help prepare meals and snacks is a great way to get them involved.  They may be more willing to eat their meals as well.

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