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MarioandLuigi Wed 15-Jun-11 15:03:20

DS goes to a breakfast club (started last week) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings run by the school. Yesterday he came home and said that he had had Krave and juice for breakfast.

I went to see the manager who runs the club this morning to confirm that this is true, and she said that it was, but its up to the children to choose and there are other options - toast, fruit, weetabix and cornflakes etc.

Now while I understand that its the child choice, I dont think children in a primary school can make that kind of informed choice.

The school has a healthy eating mark and they are very strict about what you have in your lunchbox, but they let this slide?

MarioandLuigi Wed 15-Jun-11 15:03:56

For those of you who dont know - Krave is a chocolate pillow cereal thats very high in sugar.

GypsyMoth Wed 15-Jun-11 15:05:06

is your child still alive??

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 15-Jun-11 15:05:15

Didn't you ask before he joined?

I don't think they can choose but it is only twice a week, could you encourage him to choose differently?

wannaBe Wed 15-Jun-11 15:18:37

it's a bowl of breakfast cereal. get a grip.

Nixea Wed 15-Jun-11 15:18:48

Shock horror

iwanttoseethezoo Wed 15-Jun-11 15:28:52

is it just the Krave you're bothered by, or the juice? Personally I don't worry about fruit juice, as my kids simply won't drink water, but I don't buy chocolatey cereal. If it was only twice a week I'd probably encourage him to choose something else on one of the days, tell him that it's not good for him, but accept that I don't have much control if I'm not there. Also i'd make it clear that I was not buying it at home!

JudysJudgement Wed 15-Jun-11 15:30:51

feed him at home then

bellavita Wed 15-Jun-11 15:31:14

You need him to go to breakfast club, that is what is on offer. Suck it ip.

Dozer Wed 15-Jun-11 15:33:56

There is a kids' cereal called "Krave"?!

YANBU. If they are going to police lunchboxes they should provide (nut-free) meusli instead.

Fernier Wed 15-Jun-11 15:36:34

i think you may be overreacting its one bowl of cereal

Nixea Wed 15-Jun-11 15:38:20

Just a thought - how old is DS?

RCToday Wed 15-Jun-11 15:40:53

what do you expect the head to do?

Flisspaps Wed 15-Jun-11 15:42:30

As long as it's in moderation then I don't see that it's an issue. The occasional bowl of wheaty cereal with a chocolate flavoured filling isn't going to be harmful.

YellowDinosaur Wed 15-Jun-11 15:44:15

One of the choices ds1 gets at breakfast club is a chocolate cereal. We just tell the staff that ds is not allowed this, ds knows why and doesn't choose it either.

I'd just do this tbh rather than telling the head. The out of school club is probably totally separate from the school anyway.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 15-Jun-11 15:46:23

You should have sussed the system before you signed up. Tell your child to make better choices, and ask the staff to guide him.

Just how poisonous is this Krave? It can't be that bad.

jetgirl Wed 15-Jun-11 15:47:13

Is the breakfast club run by the school or an outside agency? Might have nothing to do with the school whatsoever.

I'm running a pre-exam breakfast club tomorrow, it's a one-off and I'm providing croissants. Would you be annoyed by that?

jetgirl Wed 15-Jun-11 15:47:17

Is the breakfast club run by the school or an outside agency? Might have nothing to do with the school whatsoever.

I'm running a pre-exam breakfast club tomorrow, it's a one-off and I'm providing croissants. Would you be annoyed by that?

brass Wed 15-Jun-11 15:48:35

yep you do need to get a grip, sorry if that sounds harsh.

it's 2 mornings a week

if they provide a choice of things then it is up to you to teach your child about sensible choices.

BeautifulBlondePineapple Wed 15-Jun-11 15:50:41

I wouldn't be happy about this being on offer either. As a one off treat it's ok, but I'd be concerned if he was having it twice a week for breakfast.

IslandMooCow Wed 15-Jun-11 15:56:38

Yep - I'd not be happy with that either. School should be taking the opportunity to provide the best choices. Some children will be having that five mornings a week if it's on offer, and they should have a better start to the day. What is offered at home is totally up to parents, but this is different.

I'd write a letter personally, suggesting alternatives.

Eglu Wed 15-Jun-11 15:59:38

I wouldn't be happy about that at a breakfast club. Especially if the school has a healthy eating policy anyway. I don't let my DC have that kind of thing at home and wouldn't expect it at paid for childcare.

2cats2many Wed 15-Jun-11 16:05:21

I think you are well within your rights to complain. They shouldn't have chocolate cereal at a school breakfast club.

cinnamontoast Wed 15-Jun-11 16:11:25

YANBU. Too many schools pay lip service to healthy eating but don't actually have a clue/can't be bothered. They shouldn't be feeding children a nutritionally empty breakfast, and children that age can't make informed choices.

Tell the head there should only be healthy choices on offer. Direct him her to govt school breakfast policy (page 21). It says that the aim should be to provide a healthy breakfast and to ensure that the provision is in line with the whole school food policy.

wudu Wed 15-Jun-11 16:11:51

Hmm, at one point I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you on this score, but then my stupidly wise mum pointed out that it is 2 out of roughly 21 meals.

It didn't seem so bad when she put it like that ...

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