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    Oh ok I was thinking of more of a health thing.

    My kids have been eating popcorn and puffed corn since so little.

    I am really wary of celery though, I choked on celery strings when I was little. Ha ha

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    I was wondering the same about peanut butter eaten before school/ daycare, ATM it's all my dd will eat every morning on toast and she has to have a spoonful of pb aswell, dunno where she gets it from cos I hardly eat it. Although I usually wash her hands and face there are occasions I'm rushed and have forgotten, how can schools police that? I'll def be more diligent with the face washing now, it never really occurred to me.

    I really understand both sides, I think it's crazy that centers can dictate what food you send your child (not talking about allergen food just what they deem healthy and unhealthy) dd eats a balanced diet but she gets treats, I'd be completely miffed off if I was told I couldn't send flavoured rice crackers, sultanas or biscuits. On the other hand I work in daycare and the amount of children who have lunch boxes full of crap really astounds me, some don't even get fresh fruit, it just blows my mind. Our policy is no egg or nut and we encourage yogurt and fruit for morning tea, sandwiches or hot food first for lunch and the "junky" food for afternoon tea. Im dreading dd going to school hopefully I can find one that isn't a food nazi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItWasntMe View Post
    So you would rather be responsible for a child's death then let your little darling wait a few hours for a peanut butter sandwich?! Please tell me you are f'n joking! I am a person with a severe nut allergy. I can have a reaction thru contact, taste or in the case of hazelnuts, smell. Last allergic reaction I had was a result of someone deciding to test my allergy and give me nuts. I ended up in cardiac arrest at local hospital getting zapped because of someone like you.
    Wow that's terrible! This scary but sadly it happens alot - people don't realise the seriousness of the situation and make uneducated dangerous decisions. I have had people tell me to give my DD little bits of what she is allergic to so that 'her body can get used to it'. Argh!

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    I guess my son's school is lucky then??? there are two students at school who aren't allowed to EAT nuts - but contact in general I believe is not an issue? because we have no issues packing ANYTHING in lunch boxes?

    I have to say- it is scary though what some parents pack .. I was helper in prep one day last year and one boy had a cold meat pie and a bag of chips in his lunch box .. that is IT for the day .. no sandwich, no fruit .. just the cold pie and twisties

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina Phalange View Post
    With the ‘healthy foods’ policy – we just state that no chocolate or lollies are allowed. Some kids bring absolute rubbish in their lunch box. I do my best to suggest to parents the kinds of foods their children need to be eating, and I educate the children about healthy eating. But I don’t send food home or make the kids go hungry if they’re eating rubbish – I just try to talk to the parents and kids about how they can eat well
    This is not a personal attack, but (never a good start lol) who are you (teachers in general) to suggest/talk about what foods a parent should be giving a child?

    Putting teachers in this position is not fair.

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    I wasn't going to weigh in... But here I am lol. My son is starting at a new kindy next year and the parent handbook has a list of acceptable/unacceptable foods. Well. I do not support the heart foundations healthy eating pyramid. I have very strong views about nutrition, based on extensive reading of published journals, scientists and professionals of health. So, while I won't say anything on here that will leave me defending myself, suffice it to say that I expect to have a few run-ins with the centre director regarding 'healthy choices'. I choose what my child eats, an thats how it should be, providing that I am not knowingly endangering any one else's child. I won't have a daycare centre telling me that I am wrong about what's best for my child

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marepoppin View Post
    I wasn't going to weigh in... But here I am lol. My son is starting at a new kindy next year and the parent handbook has a list of acceptable/unacceptable foods. Well. I do not support the heart foundations healthy eating pyramid. I have very strong views about nutrition, based on extensive reading of published journals, scientists and professionals of health. So, while I won't say anything on here that will leave me defending myself, suffice it to say that I expect to have a few run-ins with the centre director regarding 'healthy choices'. I choose what my child eats, an thats how it should be, providing that I am not knowingly endangering any one else's child. I won't have a daycare centre telling me that I am wrong about what's best for my child
    I could not agree more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleigh View Post
    I still send my kid to school with nuts and peanut butter. Im sorry but its not my childs fault someone else is allergic. If they dont want a reaction, dont touch it. Im not going to make my son miss out on foods he likes just because other children arent allowed it.
    But kids can die from these allergies. I once taught a child who was so allergic to nuts that if they even smelt peanut butter it would trigger anaphylaxis.

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    I guess I was lucky that the daycare centres I sent my children to all provided all meals and snacks. I never had a problem with the food provided and didn't have to worry about packing foods.

    As for school, our school has a no nut, no egg policy (I thought it was a "no" policy, but one of the pp said in WA they can't say that - maybe it is because it's a private school, they are allowed to dictate NO?)

    Having worked in the canteen where we have kids pics placed next to a list of their allergies, it's quite scary how many kids do have very severe allergies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euphrosyne View Post
    This is not a personal attack, but (never a good start lol) who are you (teachers in general) to suggest/talk about what foods a parent should be giving a child?

    Putting teachers in this position is not fair.
    Actually it is a teacher's job to be in this position. I think that they should be trying to educate parents on healthy eating. Like Regina said though she just suggests alternative healthy foods.. doesn't actually stop the child from eating what the parent gave. I don't believe in blanket banning unhealthy foods. In fact I don't really see a problem with a child having a "snack" to go with their lunch.

    However, I do see a problem with parents who ONLY pack junk food and nothing else. It's a teachers job to make sure that the welfare of the children in their class is looked after.. I have seen children bring only junk food day after day. Before I became a teacher I was a preschool assistant. I saw one child who used to bring: chocolate yogo, chocolate muffin, chocolate chip cookies, LCM bar, piece of madeira cake and fairy bread. They only added the fairy bread after being told numerous times that he needed something else besides chocolate


 

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