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Holiday clubs & healthy eating - can they tell me what I can send in my childs lunch?!

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I have just booked my children onto a new holiday club that came well recommended and the lady there told me they have a healthy eating policy. Then she started to say that the children have to bring …
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
I have just booked my children onto a new holiday club that came well recommended and the lady there told me they have a healthy eating policy. Then she started to say that the children have to bring a packed luch and that they are not allowed chocolate, crisps or cake (unless it is home-made!)...

Can they really stop my children eating the food I send for them to eat? She seemed to be saying that non-healthy eating items would be taken away & sent home again?
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
yes they can and yes they will!

have seen this in practice.

My daughter says.. " My God I hate Jaime Oliver!! " lol

As a Mum I think it's pretty cool, though for some Mums they must worry that their kid isn't gonna eat lunch if sweeties and choccy is really all they like.
#2
A lot of schools seem to be confiscating food from lunchboxes as well, seems standard practise now.

A lot of places wont allow homemade cake either
#3
I'd want to tell them where to go what right do they have to say what your child eats...different if they asked if you tried not to bring in those bits but to say NO you cant IS a bit off!
#4
I support healthy eating, but not be allowed cake or even something like a kit kat seems a bit extreme to me... she suggested I send a sandwich, fruit & some nuts ... !
#5
Fruit?

Seems like a good idea, I couldnt imagine trying to control a group hyped up on e numbers and refined sugar.
1 Like #6
My daughter isnt allowed chocolate/crisps/juice for her playtime snack.

Altho somethings seem to still be allowed, for instance the school has just started a tuck shop with capri sun on the list, now my kids love this but its full of sugar.

There allowed wotsits and quavers but not cheese and onion lol.

It's mad. I understand why its like this but if your child is healthy, fit and active then who is anyone to tell you when they can have a little treat.
#7
what else can I send to fill them up? Do you think they would allow say a pot of custard or something like that?
#8
AshleyRFC


Altho somethings seem to still be allowed, for instance the school has just started a tuck shop with capri sun on the list, now my kids love this but its full of sugar.

There allowed wotsits and quavers but not cheese and onion lol.



Love the fact that they are selling it makes it OK - can't really understand the wotsits etc being better than normal crisps though!
1 Like #9
It is stupid though, a biscuit isnt going to hurt them when the rest of the meal is healthy. Schools now only serve chips once a week or something, but if you put a biscuit in your childs lunch box once a week it will be taken out...

I am glad it wasnt like that when I went to school, my packed lunches on school trips were legendary for all the treats mum included! It was half the fun of going on a school trip, seeing what treats mum had included! The rest of the time I ate healthily though, so were is the harm???
#10
DKLS
Fruit?

Seems like a good idea, I couldnt imagine trying to control a group hyped up on e numbers and refined sugar.


Yeah, but a sandwich & fruit isn't going to fill them up is it?

I'm not saying that I would send just a lunchbox stuffed with sweets & biscuits, but I think saying I can't send cake is OTT!
#11
And school cakes were the best! Bet all the teachers are in the staff room stuffing there faces on choc, cakes and biscuits!!!
#12
Laffy42
what else can I send to fill them up? Do you think they would allow say a pot of custard or something like that?


Fruit, cereal bar, sandwich, little tub of pasta (alternative to sandwiches + is filling), nuts (although not everywhere allows these incase of allergy!) yoghurt, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, raisins

Hardest thing is making it different each day! With little to choose from it will become very boring!
[helper]#13
How on earth can they allow home made cake but not shop bought? How would they even know if a slice was home-made or bought? Its absolute madness.
#14
Laffy42
Love the fact that they are selling it makes it OK - can't really understand the wotsits etc being better than normal crisps though!


I know, I was thinking surely wotsits would be the worst thing as there a ****** to get off your teeth after you've ate them.

I was actually surprised when she brought home the list of stuff and Capri Sun was listed.

If you look at it i'm sure its like 24% of your childs daily recommended allowance of sugar, I tend to buy NAS Fruit Shoots that are about 2% of your childs daily allowance.

My daughter never seems to get a pudding with her school dinner either.

And what annoys me most is that and I know its not the schools responsibility but during the really cold winter days I would ask her what she had for lunch and she'd say a sandwich, I always thought to myself that they should be encouraging the kids to take hot things or at least make it a toasted sandwich for them during winter.
1 Like #15
I send mine with Little stars fruit juice jelly, nothing in those to argue about. Sure they would also allow yoghurt etc.
#16
Seems very reasonable, plus if you don't like the rules don't send your child there, simples, its their club.

Also who wants to be look after 30/40 kids who are climbing the walls because they've eaten a loada crap for lunch.
#17
How times change.:roll:My kids are grown up now. When they started school I gave them fruit and carrots for snacks. They took toothbrushes in too.

Big kerfuffle followed as the school refused to allow the snacks I sent in! "Could make a mess"

They were not allowed to brush their teeth after meals either. "Interferes with the lunchtime routine"
Stuck to my guns and finally all the other parents joined in.:-D Result
#18
MAIA
How times change.:roll:My kids are grown up now. When they started school I gave them fruit and carrots for snacks. They took toothbrushes in too.

Big kerfuffle followed as the school refused to allow the snacks I sent in! "Could make a mess"

They were not allowed to brush their teeth after meals either. "Interferes with the lunchtime routine"
Stuck to my guns and finally all the other parents joined in.:-D Result


thats coolio, shame its the reverse these days. kudos for you though.
#19
MAIA
How times change.:roll:My kids are grown up now. When they started school I gave them fruit and carrots for snacks. They took toothbrushes in too.

Big kerfuffle followed as the school refused to allow the snacks I sent in! "Could make a mess"

They were not allowed to brush their teeth after meals either. "Interferes with the lunchtime routine"
Stuck to my guns and finally all the other parents joined in.:-D Result


Kids at my daughters school brush there teeth after lunch, I had to give permission for her to join in. :roll:
#20
Whatever the rules are I think they have to be able to justify them. They can't insist on healthy eating and then sell your children rubbish snacks full of fat, salt e numbers etc. Thats just hypocritical:x
#21
MAIA
Whatever the rules are I think they have to be able to justify them. They can't insist on healthy eating and then sell your children rubbish snacks full of fat, salt e numbers etc. Thats just hypocritical:x


who said this club is selling rubbish snacks!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

:whistling:
#22
Alfonse
who said this club is selling rubbish snacks!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

:whistling:


They were refering to the school selling Capri sun


I assume anyway!
#23
hellfire
I send mine with Little stars fruit juice jelly, nothing in those to argue about. Sure they would also allow yoghurt etc.


that's a good idea, hadn't thought of jelly ... not sure if chocolate custard might be pushing it a bit too far though (!)
#24
Sorry, that's just me confusing things here, Ashley RFC s post said their school was selling Wotsits, and my kids old school used to sell biscuits. :oops:
#25
MAIA
Sorry, that's just me confusing things here, Ashley RFC s post said their school was selling Wotsits, and my kids old school used to sell biscuits. :oops:


lol noted.
[helper]#26
You can see the clubs point. They are trying to encourage healthy eating and they should be commended for it. A great way to undermine this for the other children would be if another child were allowed a packet of crisps and some chocolate bars for lunch.

But whatever you put in your kids lunch pack at least put them in a cool bag WITH AN ICE PACK. All the kids at my childrens primary school have cool bags without ice packs which sit in a nice warm classroom all morning..........perfect for growing little bacteria (not so healthy for the kids)
#27
Pasta is good for filling you up and you can chop and add all sorts of things so it is different every day. Also rather than just two slices of bread how about a pitta stuffed with whatever, just makes it look a bit more inersting than a sandwich.
#28
as long as your kid isn't a fatty, i wouldnt worry too much about what they eat, as long as they burn it off they'll be fine. most of it is just government scare tactics.
#29
i think its good they are promoting healthy snacks. There is too much obesity in the children nowadays.
[helper]#30
immsie
as long as your kid isn't a fatty, i wouldnt worry too much about what they eat, as long as they burn it off they'll be fine. most of it is just government scare tactics.


Absolute rubbish. I could explain why but you wouldn't listen :whistling:
#31
our schools now have this policy, no nuts allowed or peanu butter, nor homemade cakes
1 Like #32
My sons Junior school says no chocolate or crisps but I havent heard of it being confiscated.
The 'NO Nuts' thing is very good in my opinion and more schools should adopt it as my son has several friends with nut allergies and when I was a dinner lady at the Infant school for a while we were all taught what to do if anyone reacted to nuts.
I would suggest the holiday club think again about encouraging the children to have nuts in their lunch box and as for cake - what makes them think home made cake is any better (or worse) than bought cake.
I'd take it out of the packaging and make it look like you made it yourself! I've done that with fairy cakes before now!
#33
I like the healthy eating message, but I don't like being told what to do!

Both my kids eat healthily, and personally I don't think there is anything wrong with having a little treat in their lunchbox to be eaten AFTER the sandwiches, salad / fruit etc eg. a 2 finger kit kat size thing.

I also think that they shouldn't really be suggesting nuts as a snack, as there is someone at our school with a severe nut allergy and all parents have been asked not to provide anything nutty to limit the chance of this child coming into contact with nuts ... also aren't nuts really high in fat?

I also don't like the idea that if I send the 'wrong' thing that it will come back to my children while I am not there to take the flak.
1 Like #34
Laffy42
I like the healthy eating message, but I don't like being told what to do!

Both my kids eat healthily, and personally I don't think there is anything wrong with having a little treat in their lunchbox to be eaten AFTER the sandwiches, salad / fruit etc eg. a 2 finger kit kat size thing.

I also think that they shouldn't really be suggesting nuts as a snack, as there is someone at our school with a severe nut allergy and all parents have been asked not to provide anything nutty to limit the chance of this child coming into contact with nuts ... also aren't nuts really high in fat?

I also don't like the idea that if I send the 'wrong' thing that it will come back to my children while I am not there to take the flak.


In principle, I agree with most of this, as a parent you should be allowed to feed your child a nutritious healthy meal and sometimes even naughty snacks and sweeties, without the long arm of whatever government department reaching in and saying "no". However these rules have been brought in to benefit the children who aren't fed such good meals ( anyone remember tomato sauce sandwiches? ) and since they have to treat everyone the same, affect us all x x
banned 1 Like #35
ClarityofMind
In principle, I agree with most of this, as a parent you should be allowed to feed your child a nutritious healthy meal and sometimes even naughty snacks and sweeties, without the long arm of whatever government department reaching in and saying "no". However these rules have been brought in to benefit the children who aren't fed such good meals ( anyone remember tomato sauce sandwiches? ) and since they have to treat everyone the same, affect us all x x


True.

Crisps and chocolate are fine as part of a balanced diet. The problem is that some people can't be trusted to give their kids a healthy diet so you have measures like this.

The problem is what happens when the kids get home? Maybe these schemes will make families eat healthier, but maybe not. It's just sad it's got to this.
1 Like #36
My daughters school and my sons nursery have a healthy eating policy (although in my sons case, the nursery have relaxed the rules to him because of his eating problems/issues arising from his autism)

In a way, I do kind of see where they are coming from. Before they started this policy, the nursery teacher was telling me kids were coming in with chocolate spread sanwiches, crisps, cake slices and a piece of chocolate. The kids that had parents that were sending them in with a balanced lunch were getting upset that they didn't have all this yummy stuff, so at least now everyone has pretty much the same.

Once you start looking, there are actually quite a few alternatives. I've seen children take in tuna pasta, olives, tomatoes, carrot sticks, all sorts of fruit, petit filous fruit yoghurts, bread sticks, pitta bread with dips. All of the kids are enjoying it and apparantly the arguing and complaining has stopped
#37
my daughter is really underweight and they not allowed choc and things so i bought some cereal bars with 200 cals in each one i thought that will fill her up with her sarnie and fruit and its a good amount of cals the school dinner nanny stopped her eating it after 1 bite i was fuming when i seen it in the lunch box with a bite out i went to the head who said it was beacuse it contained chocolate chips as well as rasins and nuts and healthy things i said but shes underweight its not as if i have gave her a choc bar i said i can get a letter off doc to say she needs to eat more cals would this be ok she said no u have to only give fruit i said i will have to take her home then she said fine u do that, i was so annoyed its not as if she eats unhealthy its a blooming cereal bar its gone over the top beacuse of the odd parent with a overwieght child due to feeding crisps but if they do it at home they are still gona do it at home wether the school allows it in lunch boxes or not
sheshhhh rant over lol
and im not sayin all over weight children are due to there parents feeding them crisps i know just some of them are
#38
SABJ
my daughter is really underweight and they not allowed choc and things so i bought some cereal bars with 200 cals in each one i thought that will fill her up with her sarnie and fruit and its a good amount of cals the school dinner nanny stopped her eating it after 1 bite i was fuming when i seen it in the lunch box with a bite out i went to the head who said it was beacuse it contained chocolate chips as well as rasins and nuts and healthy things i said but shes underweight its not as if i have gave her a choc bar i said i can get a letter off doc to say she needs to eat more cals would this be ok she said no u have to only give fruit i said i will have to take her home then she said fine u do that, i was so annoyed its not as if she eats unhealthy its a blooming cereal bar its gone over the top beacuse of the odd parent with a overwieght child due to feeding crisps but if they do it at home they are still gona do it at home wether the school allows it in lunch boxes or not
sheshhhh rant over lol
and im not sayin all over weight children are due to there parents feeding them crisps i know just some of them are



That is so unfair isnt it? children should be treated according to their needs not all the same.

stupid rules.
#39
SABJ
my daughter is really underweight and they not allowed choc and things so i bought some cereal bars with 200 cals in each one i thought that will fill her up with her sarnie and fruit and its a good amount of cals the school dinner nanny stopped her eating it after 1 bite i was fuming when i seen it in the lunch box with a bite out i went to the head who said it was beacuse it contained chocolate chips as well as rasins and nuts and healthy things i said but shes underweight its not as if i have gave her a choc bar i said i can get a letter off doc to say she needs to eat more cals would this be ok she said no u have to only give fruit i said i will have to take her home then she said fine u do that, i was so annoyed its not as if she eats unhealthy its a blooming cereal bar its gone over the top beacuse of the odd parent with a overwieght child due to feeding crisps but if they do it at home they are still gona do it at home wether the school allows it in lunch boxes or not
sheshhhh rant over lol
and im not sayin all over weight children are due to there parents feeding them crisps i know just some of them are


Doesn't sound very reasonable, does it.? Did you ask if it would be allowed without the choc chips? When I had the problems with my childrens school policies I simply questioned them so they had to justify the rules. If they can't justify a rule they shouldn't have it. Simple.
Ask them to suggest high calorie snacks that they would find acceptable. Don't give up if you feel your daughter isn't getting the nutrition she needs. The school has a responsibility to look at each childs needs individually:thumbsup:
banned#40
A lot of children simply won't eat fruit anyway. You could try higher calorie yoghurts. Muller fruit corners or something like that. Im not sure how many calories they have but I don't think they could be classed as unhealthy. Or maybe flapjacks....if u take it out the wrapper you can claim it's homemade.

Our school isn't as strict we're just not allowed to give them sweets or a drink! They have to buy either milk or fruit juice from the school at 15p for half a small plastic cup. It's to encourage them to drink water. Wouldn't be so bad if the tap water in our area wasn't so horrid.

I wonder if complaining to the local LEA may help? they have to be registered with them and are governed by them.

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