DS preschool has food rules but the way they `enforce' them is to get the kids to eat the healthy stuff first (I guess in the hope they will be full and not want the junk). So they have to eat their fruit first then yoghurt, sandwich etc.
I really like the strict food rules, it stops (IMO) the food competition. DS used to be at FDC and one of the other girls there just had a lunch box of cr!p every day, packets of cheese balls, flavored milks etc and DS always used to come home and ask if he could have cheese balls etc in his lunch the next day. Much better if they all have a pretty standard box with fruit, yoghurt and sandwich.
I think it is a bit rough to make a child go hungry if there are no alternatives in the lunchbox though.
All the hand wringing in this thread over some unflavoured corn chips and homemade carrot cookies with a few chocolate sprinkles Talk about trying to make the OP feel like a horrible mother, she hardly sent a chocolate bar! I think what you sent for the day was fine OP.
It's my understanding that centres must follow these strict national guidelines with the food THEY provide ie. Morning/afternoon tea etc . But parents don't, they only need to follow the centre's policy. I can't see how it's possible a centre will loose funding because a child brought in a packet of chips.
Did they offer other food to replace what they confiscated?
I'd ask to see their policy and if it doesn't state anything about home cooked items or salt/ sugar intake in food, all they can do is 'encourage' you to bring other food, they can't actually confiscate it from your child.
Wise Enough (28-05-2014)
This really annoys me. Try to do the right thing and it still comes back to bite you in the bum.
Before DD started pre school, i asked them if there were any food restrictions etc. I wanted to make sure that there were no allergies or restrictions so DD did not feel uncomfortable or get "in trouble" for bringing the wrong food. I was told nope no restrictions etc by the teacher.
Each day she gets a sandwich or wrap, 2 pieces of fruit, a museli bar and a treat - a piece of banana cake or a small packet of tiny teddies . She knows she has to eat the good stuff first and if she does then she can eat the treat.
DD came home on the first day crying because she got in trouble for having 5 honey tiny teddies in her lunchbox. I hit the roof.
I went and spoke to the teacher and i was told that because the children come to school without being fed breakfast most times that they have to be strict and make sure what they eat at school is nutritional.
I basically told the teacher that DD gets breakfast EVERY MORNING (and most times a second one at child care !) and that if she has an issue with what is in the lunchbox then she is to address it with me and not to stop dd from eating anything i pack for her.
DD has the attention span of a goldfish and is easily destracted so i find that a treat in her lunchbox ensures that she eats alot more of the healthy stuff i pack. She even leaves her peels or wrappers in the lunchbox so she can show me she ate it all!
There is a fine line, i think, between teachers guiding and controlling. I know alot of people on here are saying its policy etc but i tend to think that SOMETIMES (and i stress only in certain circumstances) that the teacher takes things a bit too far.
I think this is the case with my DD's teacher as she tries to do things to "trip the parent up" so to speak. Every monday is library day, the children go to the library and pick a book to bring home. DD brought the same book home last week that she did three weeks ago. I asked the teacher why and she said that she was testing the parents to see if they actually read the books to the kids at night. WTF?
In my case the teacher is on a power trip and i have to stand my ground with her. I have also requested DD to have a different teacher next year.
OP - stick with you instincts. You are the parent.
I read in a previous thread on this topic ages ago from a CC worker that these rules are brought in, not for those of us that feed our kids well and are happy to chuck in a packet of chips with their fruit and bickies. But those that don't feed their kids properly.
But really? If a parent/s feed their kids rubbish until 4/5 years old, the chances are that enforcing strict rules 9-3 for a year at pre school is going to make little difference. They can't control the family's eating at home, nor after they go to primary. I just see unhealthy families packing some fruit and yoghurt for the year to shut staff up, while feeding them rubbish for tea, then reverting to the rubbish in primary. I really don't see it will make a lasting difference.
It's all very draconian and Nanny state to me.
Elijahs Mum (27-05-2014)
I have no issue with encouraging healthy food. It's the firm rules that bother me.
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