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    Quote Originally Posted by alliecat89 View Post
    For those that get all upset about childcare menus - why don't you prepare/pack food your child instead?

    Instead of expecting other people to feed your child appropriately, why not just take responsibility for YOUR child and choose what they eat yourselves?

    This whole "daycare providing meals" absolutely astounds me. What happened to preparing and sending food with your child each day?

    Would solve all of the problems.
    I do, because at ours we have to send lunch. My kid is really hyperactive and the carers have commented that he has one of the healthiest lunch boxes (and eats it) but he tries to sometimes nick biscuits and more "fun" food off the other kids.

    This isn't standard though, most provide lunch and I don't think it's too much to ask, especially given the fees paid, for children to be provided with healthy food to eat at daycare. It doesn't have to be expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alliecat89 View Post
    Then go with one that doesn't provide food. The menu posted before looked like absolute crap. I wouldn't be paying for that.
    That seems a really simplistic view. I live rurally and don't have childcare but I'm sure if it was that easy, parents would be doing it already?
    Do you have children? What ages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alliecat89 View Post
    Then go with one that doesn't provide food. The menu posted before looked like absolute crap. I wouldn't be paying for that.
    @alliecat89 do you have kids who attend childcare? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a place at a centre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    I visited 9 centres before enrolling my DD. Not one of those centres allowed outside food. I have friends who have their kids in cc and not one of those is allowed to bring food either. I actually had no idea that centres existed that didn't provide food.
    There's plenty where I live. Also considerably cheaper than the ones the provide food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    I visited 9 centres before enrolling my DD. Not one of those centres allowed outside food. I have friends who have their kids in cc and not one of those is allowed to bring food either. I actually had no idea that centres existed that didn't provide food.
    The centre DD provides food. But I have 'backup food' provided ... in a container just in case DD refuses everything on offer. They didn't have a problem with it. And yep. It's packaged stuff because it will keep for longer and I don't have to replenish it regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alliecat89 View Post
    There's plenty where I live. Also considerably cheaper than the ones the provide food.
    How would you know that?

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    My childcare does not provide food. My kiddos lunchbox would have many people here wagging their fingers at me.

    It is the best I can do with what he eats (which is... not much).

    He is getting better at eating more variety but at least I have never packed fairy bread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alliecat89 View Post
    There's plenty where I live. Also considerably cheaper than the ones the provide food.
    As I posted before. The fees between the two centres where one provided food was $1 difference. Actually in my experience where I live. .. food or not. . The fees were all pretty similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    @alliecat89 do you have kids who attend childcare? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a place at a centre?
    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    That seems a really simplistic view. I live rurally and don't have childcare but I'm sure if it was that easy, parents would be doing it already?
    Do you have children? What ages?
    Then you've got a few options

    A) pick a childcare where you can supply your own food
    B) pick a childcare who's menu who approve of
    C) pick a childcare who's menu you don't approve of, but you've got no other choices

    With option C - you can then either whinge about it online, which isn't going to change the menu or you can arrange a meeting with the director and express your concerns about the menu.

    So then the menu might change or it might not. Which then leaves you to decide as to what's more important - the kid being in childcare and getting crap food or the kid not being in childcare and getting healthy food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alliecat89 View Post
    Then go with one that doesn't provide food. The menu posted before looked like absolute crap. I wouldn't be paying for that.
    Wow, this thread has some serious contenders for sanctimummy of the night, but I think this post wins it. Congratulations!
    My centre is closing down at the end of the year and we have no place at all for my DD to go, because of the serious lack of availability. So thanks for that pearl of wisdom.
    And 'absolute crap'? Aren't we bloody lucky to live in a country where we can turn our noses up at such absolute crap?

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