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Effects of raw materials on the quality of catering services at daycare centers: A case of Nyeri Town Constituency in Kenya

Jacinta WanjikuKinyingi, Richard O. B. Makopondo and David M. Gichuhi
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Jacinta WanjikuKinyingi: Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management,Karatina University, Kenya
Richard O. B. Makopondo: School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies,Technical University of Kenya,Kenya
David M. Gichuhi: School of Business, Karatina University, Kenya

International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), 2020, vol. 9, issue 2, 96-106

Abstract: This study examined the effect of raw materials on the quality of catering services in daycare centers in Nyeri Town Constituency, Kenya. The development and growth of a child depend to a great extent on what they consume as food. For a good development of a child, there is a need to consider the quality of food he or she takes. This is in relation to nutritional value, quantities per intake, quality in relation to cleanness, methods of cooking and its presentation to the child. This high level of participation in childcare centers is attributed to an increasing awareness that early childhood centers are considered critical support in the development of young human beings to become useful citizens. The study targeted all 16-day care centers in Nyeri Town Constituency which are licensed to operate. A total of 64 respondents were targeted which included the managers of the daycare centers and three staff members working in catering sections as follows: stores, production, and service formed the respondents. This study employed a purposive sampling technique in selecting the constituency in the county where the research was carried out. The R-value is 0.689 which indicates a strong correlation. The R2 value indicates how much of the dependent variable (quality of catering services), can be explained by the independent variable (effects of raw materials’). This study concludes that the management of the catering departments in daycare centers should ensure different types of food are stored in different rooms. Key Words:Freshness,Cleanliness,Handling process, materials quality,Day Care Centers

Date: 2020
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