Is this pre-school food-police a state or a national thing? At DD's kinder (in Victoria) they ask us to pack healthy food but they would never take food away from the child.
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26-05-2014 22:46 #31
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26-05-2014 22:51 #32
26-05-2014 22:59 #33
I don't know any parent who does not want the best for their children; but unfortunately for some it's just not that simple- look at @Zombie_eyes situation, her child and many others should be taken into account when these rules are set in place, the world isn't black and white, all of our children are different and some have real, complex issues when it comes to food.
I think it's a thoughtless rule, even though it was obviously set in place with the best intentions, it certainly needs to be flexible.
Why not make a 3 to 1 rule, where children are *encouraged* to to have at least 3 healthy options in their lunch boxes (this might be a piece of fruit, piece of cheese/tub yoghurt etc and a sandwich) and also "allowed" a treat?
ETA = perfect example, the OP added that she ALSO packed a wrap, piece of fruit and rice cakes. But because of this one size fits all rule, her child's plain corn chips were confiscated? I think it's ridiculous.
Had someone sent their child with an Easter egg and bag of lollies, every day, then I would agree that the teachers could maybe set up a meeting with a nutritionist and parent or similar, but to enforce the rule so unequivocally is wrong to me.
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27-05-2014 03:16 #34Senior Member
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My child's pre-school had the government come and assess them to make sure that the kids are eating according to the guidelines. Mind you, the non nutritional crap that is apparently okay blows my mind. If I send a home baked good I put it in a paper bag with all the ingredients listed on the bag, because I've had food sent home before because they deemed it to 'look' unhealthy, when what they were looking at was far healthier than the processed rubbish in some of the other kids lunch boxes. It really bugged me.
And then there's weeks like this week, where I don't have the time to bake something so grabbed a packet of flavoured Sakatas for the kids lunchboxes. They are getting fruit/vegies/rice cakes and either salad wraps or tuna salad sandwiches with a handful of sakatas but my youngest misses out incase they declare them too high in salt and don't let him eat them.
The government food regulations are ridiculous. It doesn't serve to educate families, it just shames them. And then as soon as they start school it is ridiculous. The only regulation is fruit for fruit break, but I know several kids in my kids' classes who simply don't have anything for fruit break, and then have a lunch box filled with donuts, chocolate dunkaroos, big bags of twisties to put on their white bread for their sandwich and a lollipop etc. That's the content of their lunch box every day. Even if the kid was eating a piece of fruit in class at 10am, it hardly cancels out the rest of the crap in the lunch box, nor does it help the child make healthy food choices.
27-05-2014 04:12 #35
Some people honestly don't know what's good food and bad food, I once overheard a dad tell his kids they couldn't have xyz cereal but to have nutragrain ( can't spell this early), I compared packets after they left and it was worse nutritionally.
It's part of their role to educate, so please don't be offended.
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27-05-2014 04:30 #36
IMO if your child is in their care they can dictate what foods are not allowed.
ETA- I wish we could do this at my school I work at. Kids turn up with 1.25L bottles of cola for the day, massive packets of chips, fried chicken wings for breakfast instead of utilising the free breakfast club we have, and our canteen menu is shocking, it breaches the NSW healthy canteen strategy.
I did a lesson once using our canteen menu where the kids had to choose a healthy lunch and snack and they had no idea. It's sad.
Where I work, the kids would benefit from being restricted with foods they are allowed to bring to school. And I would love to get the canteen menu changed.
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27-05-2014 06:53 #37Senior Member
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I do family day care and am horrified at the things some parents pack....rice wheels,potato stick, cheezels, Frankfurt, sliced processed cheese, muesli bars, roll ups. I do my best to avoid giving the child those things until all healthy foods are eaten. I've sent notes home, even ideas what to pack. My co ordinater said there is not much else I can do.
The corn chips....yes they are over the salt limit. But it's funny as a naturopath my other daughter sees for her eczema is big on salt. Eat salt, add it to food, eat sugar, add it to everything . And the difference it has made is unreal!
I have sent a list of ingredients with preschool dd things and still she had to take it home.
27-05-2014 06:54 #38
27-05-2014 07:06 #39
I think it's good have guidelines and send pamphlets/newsletters home on healthy lunch snacks etc. Have education nights etc. But schools have enough on their plate that teaching healthy eating to families should not be a major priority.
I have taught kids who have brought day old whopper and fries for lunch. .yep. . cold burgers from take away. Same kids lollies etc. There's not a lot I can do except try and talk to the parents about healthier options. I wouldn't think it's my role to take the food away and let them go hungry.
OP I don't think they should be taking the food away. But letting you know about the guidelines is the right thing. .. a kiddie in preschool didn't pack their lunch so they should not be 'punished' food the food that was packed.
I know kindys/preschools have some pretty strict guidelines here in qld with foods. I dread the time when I send my DD who has a syndrome causing feeding difficulties/sensory issues. I make a lot of foods for her but she also eats things I'm sure most people would shake their heads about. And the teacher would surely confiscate. I will push to have the feeding issues written into her IEP plus her IFCP so there's documented evidence of her specific needs. For some kids. ..'unhealthy' food is good for them.
It's just not a black and white issue.
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27-05-2014 07:06 #40
If they want to determine what your child eats then they should provide the food.
I actually was unaware many centres don't provide food/meals! DS's provide everything and provide the future menu's to parents.
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