PDFWAC 110-148-1515

What are the requirements regarding food?

(1) Food served to children in your care must meet their nutritional and developmental needs, with a variety of options for adequate nutrition and meal enjoyment.
(2) Children's cultural needs should also be considered when planning meals.
(3) All home-canned foods must be preserved following published procedures and you must be able to provide the printed published procedures that you followed.
(4) Before you modify a child's diet, you must obtain written authorization from a licensed health care provider for children under the age of 10 years.
(5) The milk or milk products you serve must be pasteurized. Children between the ages of 12 and 24 months must receive whole milk unless you have written authorization from a licensed health care provider not to serve whole milk.
(6) Children under the age of 12 months must receive formula or breast milk unless the child's licensed health care provider authorizes a different diet.
(7) Before serving a child breast milk you must have approval of the child's DCYF caseworker, licensed health care provider, and parent or guardian. If breast milk is provided by anyone other than a baby's biological mother, it must be obtained through a licensed breast milk bank.
(8) When you are using bottles to feed infants, you must sterilize and use them according to product standards and commonly acceptable practices. You must refrigerate filled bottles if you do not use them immediately, and you must empty the bottle if not used within 24 hours.
(9) To prevent burns, formula or breast milk must not be warmed in a microwave oven.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030. WSR 22-11-091, § 110-148-1515, filed 5/18/22, effective 6/18/22. WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-148-1515, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.010, 74.15.030, 74.15.040, 74.15.090, and 74.13.031. WSR 17-22-039, § 388-148-1515, filed 10/24/17, effective 11/24/17. Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, § 388-148-1515, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]