Our class has breakfast at 9:00 and lunch at 1:00. Last year, I did snack time as they woke up from naps (around 3:00) because that's what the other class was doing and what the teacher before me had done. My feeling at the time was "at least I know they've had something to eat between lunch and breakfast". Looking back on it, my 2 graham cracker squares or handful of goldfish crackers probably wouldn't mean that much between lunch and breakfast for a child who had nothing else (and I really don't think I had any like that last year anyway). I'm thinking this year of moving my snack time to around 11:00 so that it's between breakfast and lunch instead or of eliminating it altogether. I know most of children (especially those who go to daycare after school) have a snack between school and dinner, so having an afternoon snack at school doesn't really make sense. It does seem like a long time between breakfast and lunch for such little ones, but I don't usually have children complain about being hungry until 20-30 minutes before lunch, if at all. My own children rarely ask for a snack during the day, so I'm not sure it's necessary. I don't want to have hungry children during the day, but I also don't want to teach children to eat when they aren't hungry just because my schedule says it's "snack time". I've heard of schools/classes that have a snack available at all times so that the children can just go get it when they feel hungry. Has anyone ever tried that? I'm wondering how you store it, how you limit the children who might just want to sit and snack all day, and where they go to eat their snack in the classroom. I'm also wondering if you have a "cut off" time so that the children still eat their lunch. I'd love to hear your ideas for snack time. Let me know what you think!