Our daycare offers sandwiches if the main meal isn't eaten.
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13-10-2014 15:00 #21
13-10-2014 15:07 #22
I'd be pretty happy with my center doing this as this is our policy at home.
But no disability here so you might have a different issue OP.
13-10-2014 15:08 #23
13-10-2014 15:27 #24Senior Member
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Anyway, back to the OP... I wouldn't be impressed with him not being offered just simple sandwiches only (ie not multiple choices, hot meal or sandwiches is enough).
IMO daycare shouldn't be raising your child (not *your* child OP, just in general), they shouldn't have to be the one who teaches your child a good diet ie 'like it or lump it'. Unless of course you've specifically asked that to follow on from what you are teaching at home. IMO they should be making your child's day as comfortable as possible (within reason of course).
Also how do they expect him to learn and behave if he's hungry??
13-10-2014 15:56 #25
The daycare my kids go to offer 4 meals ie morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, snack. The 4 meals mean there is a bit of variety so the kids will eat something. With meals like pasta the kids also get the option of plain or with sauce, for afternoon tea its fruit and some sort of bread/pastry. So I guess my point is that while they don't get offered alternative meals there is variety throughout the day. Is this not the sam as your daycare place op?
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13-10-2014 16:48 #26
My centre was giving him a Vegemite sandwich if he refused lunch and I asked them to stop it. He refused lunch there for about 6 weeks and then started eating again. I was comfortable with that approach as it's what we do at home.
It's my choice to decide what's for dinner and his choice to decide if he wants to eat it. I don't serve him things I know he really doesn't like. But he sometimes does the thing of loving something and then saying he hates it which I am not buying!
13-10-2014 19:17 #27
My daycare usually has a couple of things for lunch (so... chicken pasta + steamed carrot). If the kids don't like one thing, there's an alternative that they can have more of. They also have morning/afternoon tea, so if they don't eat lunch then they have other opportunities to eat. If my daughter chooses not to eat all day, well that's up to her. She certainly wouldn't starve. Kids in the first world rarely go more than a few hours without eating. Missing a meal won't kill them.
That said, for your specific situation, you mentioned your son has a disability. If he has sensory issues etc., then they should NOT be passing those off. They should be accommodating his needs.
13-10-2014 19:33 #28
An alternative should always be offered. No child, regardless of personal circumstance, should go hungry throughout the day. There are days I look in my fridge and don't like what I have to eat and I have the choice to have an alternative. I've worked in childcare for 12 years and have never let a child go hungry. What is on offer as an alternative may not be the most nutritionally beneficial i.e. crackers, cheese, fruit, a sandwich etc but it gets the job done. My DD is teething and is refusing anything but watermelon for most meals at the moment. I would be devastated if she went hungry due to not wanting to eat what is on offer.
13-10-2014 20:17 #29
I can see both sides, however without knowing your sons disability it's hard to give an opinion.
Both my sons go to daycare full time, they both have some foods that they genuinely don't like (ie- ds1 does not like pineapple), every few months the daycare send out the child update form and I ensure that they know what their genuine dislikes are. Generally they will offer an alternative if they know he wont eat it. But these are few and far between & if it was every lunch meal I wouldn't expect them to offer an alternative every day (bearing in mind I have no allergy, sensory or disability issues).
My boys always come home from day are starving despite eating every meal they offer & sometimes seconds!
13-10-2014 20:31 #30
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