I definitely don't want the government involved in determining the suitability of foods for children, call me a pessimist but I'd be very concerned the bulk of children's diets would be provided by the company with the most 'persuasive' lobbyists.
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13-11-2012 19:01 #71
13-11-2012 19:02 #72
I am a preprimary teacher and there is no way I would ever tell a parent what to bring in, in terms of healthy not healthy. That in my mind is a personal choice and a parenting issue. I have anaphylactic kids in my class and the principal and I looked into the current policy for nuts and eggs etc.
In wa you are actually not allowed to say 'no nuts' etc the focus is 'nut aware'. You can request no nuts or eggs but can't enforce it. The idea behind this stance was that a child could have had peanut butter in the morning, not washed their hands and then touched a pencil or playground etc. eg they are saying not everything is in our control. So I tell my parents it is highly preferable not to brings these foods in and they all oblige.
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13-11-2012 19:30 #73
Now the allergy debate is on another level for me. I respect he can't have nuts or eggs bc of other kids and I'm fine with that. DS can go without a peanut butter sanger twice a week My issue is that let's be honest, being ridiculously strict about non allergy foods to curb obesity is going to do squat considering most kids go only 2 days a week here. If parents are going to feed their kids crap there is the whole week. A couple of meals a week is hardly going to make a difference. Meanwhile parents like me that feed our kids well 95% of time and parent with moderation by slipping an LCM bar in their lunchbox once in a while are having other people overuling decisions for OUR kids. Smells like a nanny state to me
13-11-2012 19:51 #74
part of accreditation is that the centre either provides nutritious(sp) meals that covers certain amount of serves of their daily requirements or that they encourage parents to supply a healthy and nutritious lunch. This is where it becomes hard for cc workers, because lets face it, not all parents provide a healthy lunch. In my centre, children are encouraged to eat their hot meal/sandwiched first, followed by fruit then yoghurt then they may eat things like cheese/crackers, small amount of biscuit, small slice of cake. etc.
we do not allow chips, roll ups, muesli bars etc.
we are also a nut free zone therefore no nuts etc in our centre. Also no raw/boiled egg. although we are lenient on the egg because we have no child with allergies currently, and they are somewhat healthy.
sorry for the essay.
13-11-2012 19:52 #75
I’m a school teacher (Prep – 5 yr olds), and we are very strict about our nut/ allergy food policy. The parents, and kids, are all awareo f the rules – don’t bring in any nuts or nut-containing products. As a teacher, I have the lives of 25 kids in my hands every day. Their parents trust that when they drop their kids off at school, they will be safe and protected. I expect to be able to teach the children in an environment that is safe, and I will do all that I can to ensure that this happens. I would be LIVID if a parent were purposely risking the safety and the lives of other children because ‘my kid deserves his peanut butter sandwich’. I never have had a parent argue about it with me, and being a private school, if a parent continued to put other children’s lives at risk by purposely sending nut products to school,they would be asked (told) to leave the school if they would not stop. Yes, I supervise the eating and expect that the children don’t touch each others lunch, but cross contamination occurs very easily, particularly with young children, and I won’t have my school kids being put at risk by a selfish parent. The only time we have had nut products brought in to school was by accident – eg, Mum was sick so Grandma is looking after kids and unknowingly packed a peanut butter sandwich. The kidsknow straight away to come and tell me – I get them an alternative lunch, and write a (kind) note home reminding that nuts aren’t allowed.
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 at school.
When parents want to bring in a birthday treat, I always suggest a packaged food, because I can read the ingredients and can knowexactly what is in it. I won’t hand out food to a child with allergies unless I am absolutely 100% certain that it doesn’t contain any foods that they can react to. If a parent brings in a cake and tells me it is nut free, and I give it to Alice who is allergic and she reacts, I am the one who is liable. I won’trisk it.
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