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A mother has shared her frustration after her son’s nursery allegedly refused to offer him a mini chocolate cake which was packed in his lunch box – and then hid it from him until home time. The nursery says it is promoting healthy eating and following the new Ofsted guidelines. Staff believe this will help prevent obesity and promote good oral health.
Speaking to HullLive, the mother shared her frustration over the lack of choice she is being given for her son’s lunchbox – and the strict rule-following by staff over the Aldi Fondant Fancy she included in his lunch.
She said: “As long as you make sure they have a balanced diet and brush their teeth every morning and evening there is nothing to worry about. There’s absolutely no need to put children on a silly diet when they are just kids.”
She said her son had arrived home from nursery and told her staff had not allowed him to eat his mini chocolate cake. She said: “He told me nursery didn’t let him have his cake and they hid it from him and told him he had to wait for home time. I don’t see how this small cake is going to affect him. It should be up to us parents what we feed our kids.”
The nursery has also stated if the packed lunch contains anything that the nursery does not allow, they will provide the child with their own food and will invoice the parents. The mother said she already pays a lot for nursery fees and her son usually enjoys his packed lunch as she always provides a variety of food.
The nursery has also banned any types of nuts due to allergies, which the mother agrees with.
The mother also highlighted the increase in food prices. She said: “People are already struggling to put food on their table after the rise in the cost of living, there is no need to make life even more difficult by banning certain foods in pack lunches.
“Everything on the list that the children are allowed to eat are really expensive and not even filling. On the list it suggests making a tuna bean salad, why would I make my child eat a tuna bean salad, I don’t even make myself eat that.”
The nursery has written in its letter to parents that it only accepts low-calorie crisps. The mum said: “Do they want me to calorie count his food for the day too? How silly is this?
“At the end of the day it is all down to personal choice, I think this is just too extreme. Let kids be kids give them a variety of everything otherwise they will just be picky eaters.”
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