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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Perhaps this is a weekly treat for a child who otherwise gets an amazingly health diet.
    Exactly. We used to be allowed a small packet of crisps (from the multi pack) once a week. Also got a small piece of home made cake/muffin/biscuit/slice each day with a sandwich and piece of fruit.

    i highly doubt the corn chips and cookies were the only food op's child had for lunch.

    OP was asking if the preschool is allowed to physically stop her child from eating food that she has provided, not judgement on what she's feeding her child.

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    If the pre school has a healthy food policy then yes I think you should abide by their rules and as long as they make their rules clear then they should have the right to take the food away

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    What else did you pack? If everything else was healthy I don't see why they should stop kids from getting an occasional treat in their lunchbox. If someone is regularly sending their kids with a lunchbox full of junk then that's a different story.

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    Nutritional value? You're right none

    Calories for energy? Yes it does provide that. Which in some cases is necessary no matter what the nutritional value.

    Now back to the OP.

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    I don't think they should stop them eating it if that is what is in their lunchbox but should put a note in to let you know they don't approve of that food and give some alternative options.

    Fwiw I send DS2 with treats in his lunchbox. He gets all healthy food and one treat that we've baked together. Eg. A milo ball, a banana muffin or homemade oat slice. He only goes 2 days a week and it's my way of apologising that I send him. Lol.

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    To those who think that is all I pack....wake up!
    She had a helgas brand wrap, a piece of fruit and 2 rice cakes.
    To the person who suggested dried fruit....I dislike the preservatives in these so that's a no. Sad to say but this child is the only one out of my 3 who is a picky eater. So I find it hard to pack food she will eat. The cookie was made with grated carrot , hardly and sugar and a small amount of butter as apple sauce was used in place of it.
    I saw a kid there only last week eating a le snack. That is even worse than plain corn chips.


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    It really all depends on their food policy. Preschools are actually oblidged to ensure children are getting enough nutrition when in their care. Our preschool has a no chocolate, lollies, chips and other junk food policy. But we also have a policy that we will ensure the child is fed if their food is against policy. Cocoa, while not bad for children like chocolate is very hard for children to tell the difference and they will see it as unfair if one child can eat a chocolate looking biscuit while they cant eat their chocolate. I would suggest reading through their food policy and talking over it with the director if you are feeling stuck and frustrated.

    It can be very hard as some parents will fight tooth and nail to fill their childs lunch box with small square packets of rubbish on a daily basis and will use every 'exception treat' as an example of why we are picking on them and being unfair. So unless there are food issues relating to allergies or disorders (e.g. sensory food issues linked to asd) it really has to be the same policy for everyone.
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    Id ask for a copy of their regulations as yes a le snack is full of salt and additives so they need to get their healthy food list updated!
    The only thing I can think of with cocoa powder is I think it has caffeine in it- but still a small amount won't hurt!

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    I actually detest the fact that any institution can tell parents what to feed their children. It makes me really mad. If they're not providing nutritional food themselves, then IMO all they should be able to do is offer guidelines. I don't think it's anyone else's god damned business what I feed my kids.
    I think this stuff about restricting foods and shaming kids about what's in their lunch box is going to backfire catastrophically.

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    I actually like the fact they can tell you what to pack for lunch - I'm sure. 90% of the kids bring ok stuff but I've heard so many stories. ( on here mainly !) about the appalling food that some poor kids have to eat for lunch - it's those kids who do need looking after so at least at school their parents are made to make decent food choices for their children

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