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    I'm not sure how to respond to an email from the director of our new day care today.
    DD had her first half day at DC to ease her in when I go back to work next month.
    I picked her up just as she was finishing lunch.
    I thought my imagination was playing tricks on me but she smelt like 2 minute noodles.
    She had just finished chocolate icecream for desert but the two minute noodle smell permeated.
    I emailed the director to question it, apparently it was true, a 'one off' the proper noodles weren't delivered and the chef didn't have enough pasta to cover the dish so they used their 'emergency' two minute noodles......
    DD is 15 months old.
    Is it just me or does an emergency packet of dried pasta sound like a better idea than an emergency stash of 2 minute noodles?!
    How do I respond to the information?!

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    Wow I would be concerned that they didn't think about a packet of pasta as a back up option. Or even going to the shop if they had to. That coupled with ice cream for dessert would really worry me.

    As to how to respond, I would actually suggest that they keep a supply of staples, such as pasta for instances like this. If it were me, I would also ask them not to give my child ice cream as I don't see it as an appropriate food to be feeding a 15 month old at day care. My DS is 22 months and has only had ice cream a couple of times so I still want to enjoy those new experiences with him rather than him getting them at day care.

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    I'd probably be more annoyed at the chocolate ice cream than the 2 minute noodles, but I try not to think too hard about what my children eat at childcare, their idea of healthy food and mine never seem to match up.

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    I agree. I'd be more upset about the chocolate ice cream.

    I think I'd respond by saying something like 'if you need to deviate from the published menu, I'd prefer you feed my child xyz' and make it something simple like toast or a bottle.

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    Surprisingly while I'm irritated at both, the icecream isn't so bad.
    The director was good and said that seeing as my LO is only there one day a week (icecream friday) she would be happy to change the weekly icecream day to another day and swap it for the custard or fruit yoghurt dessert but TBH they both have as much sugar in them (if not more) than the icecream.
    Who would feed a baby 2 min noodles?! There are 5 ingredient in them that are banned from infant food.

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    I'd be peeved at both the noodles and the chocolate ice cream.

    Maybe if it was a healthy lunch with ice cream to follow (although still not a favourable choice) or noodles with a selection of fruit for dessert I wouldn't be as worried about it, but both.. That just seems like too much food with absolutely no nutritional value.

    Dd is 13 months and no I wouldn't feed her 2 minute noodles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    Who would feed a baby 2 min noodles?! There are 5 ingredient in them that are banned from infant food.
    And that's what I would be concerned about - surely these centres have to abide by some kind of nutritional guidelines? 2 minute noodles would not be something a baby should be eating at day care - emergency or not - the salt content alone is a red flag - as pp said they should have some other foods in case of these emergencies and be better organised when you are in charge of other people's children so I would definitely bring it up with the director
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    The director was good and said that seeing as my LO is only there one day a week (icecream friday) she would be happy to change the weekly icecream day to another day and swap it for the custard or fruit yoghurt dessert but TBH they both have as much sugar in them (if not more) than the icecream.
    You're probably right here, where do they get their healthy eating guidelines? My DD used to happily eat plain unsweetened yogurt, but since having sugary yogurt at childcare she is no longer keen on my yogurt. Grrr.

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    At DS's DC when there is a need to deviate from the menu (kitchen staff away etc) it is a sandwich selection offered. I'd rather DS had a cheese sandwich than something like 2 minute noodles. They should not even be on the premises. Not good, I would not be happy.

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    So many day care food threads like this I'm extremely nervous about having to send DA to childcare when I go back to work. Surely there should be better government regulations. The added sugar and sodium is just crazy.


 

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