I have a really confusion about the food safety regulations and what are dangerous for children years 1 to 3 since we served carrots with dip humus, raisins, crackers, and dried apricot for morning and afternoon tea. These are no different than say meat; all need chewing. You don’t need molars to chew. Gums will do it. Crispy things like carrot and apple can be a bit harder because they need breaking up with the front teeth and really need children to be careful with their eating of them. Children need to learn and have to be careful eating. Some children have swallowing problems and will not try these foods or spit them out especially if they have stuffed their mouth too full. How can you teach children to be careful if they don’t try these foods? We need them to have the roughage the fibre to make their gut work. Life is dangerous and adults will choke and die on food as well.
You just need to know individuals and how they can handle eating. Avoiding risk is when you don't let certain children eat certain foods like apple and carrot which older and abler children can eat. You have to be so knowledgeable about your children. You have to have teachers present you are aware and know those children which might not always be possible with relievers. We learn by the mistakes that happen and need to know grated apple, carrot and celery should be available for those who prefer it like that.