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To think I'm not an idiot so I'll dress my child in whatever coat I choose?

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Dollslikeyouandme Mon 11-Nov-13 15:35:09

Quite annoyed at what I've just read in ds school newsletter.

'Some children are still wearing thin Summer coats or fleeces, children not dressed appropriately with a warm coat may not be allowed to play outside'.

Ds is still in his 'Autumn' coat. Quite thin, with fleece lining inside and a hood. Yes it is thin and hasn't got much warmth, but, he'll be wearing a jumper underneath, and running around getting hot at playtime. I've got him a thick winter coat ready for when in my opinion it's cold enough to wear it. And he has had it on Fireworks night for example when it has been bitter.

He's sent in with hat, gloves and says he is warm enough and doesn't want his thick coat on as he's too hot.

Our choice or the schools?

ZingWantsGin Mon 11-Nov-13 16:35:19

btw, I was kidding.

of course it's your choice, and I don't think it was aimed at you.
but I would have gotten annoyed about that too.

same with the suncream & hat warning in the summer.

ExcuseTypos Mon 11-Nov-13 16:42:19

Gosh I work in an infant school and most of the dc are still not putting coats on at break time. They run around so much that they get very hot. The children are allowed to decide whether are not to put a coat onshock. Imagine that!!

I will say, if it is very cold, they do have to put their coat on.

Dollslikeyouandme Mon 11-Nov-13 16:48:03

Did make me smile zing. Usually I find the school take the common sense approach about most things. I do get slightly annoyed about these messages in newsletters, regarding sunhats/sun cream/lunchbox contents. Always seems a bit patronising.

NicknameIncomplete Mon 11-Nov-13 17:03:02

My dds school dont even seem to care that much. You walk passed the playground somedays in the middle
Of winter and there are kids without coats or jumpers on.

Sunnymeg Mon 11-Nov-13 17:09:53

I had a wry smile when I read this thread. A couple of years ago DH went to Canada on business. While he was there he bought all three of us winter coats made of some thin material but designed to withstand temperatures down to minus 30.

The coat is warm, toasty warm, so warm that I hardly ever wear mine, it gets too hot. Obviously I had no hesitation in sending DS to school in his knowing it was warm and waterproof. Imagine my surprise when I was asked in by his teacher who wanted to have a word because she thought the coat was too thin to be warm enough for English weather! Luckily DS's coat had a label stating it was suitable for minus 30, that shut the teacher up! grin

ZingWantsGin Mon 11-Nov-13 17:20:14


shock really? whatever next? are they also allowed to choose when they need to go to the toilet?

<clutches pearls at the thought of hippy schools>

ExcuseTypos Mon 11-Nov-13 17:37:51

Well that would be taking things a bit far Zing wink

CrohnicallyTired Mon 11-Nov-13 17:41:28

The school are just covering their backs, so if some poor kid is freezing cold because they don't have suitable clothing, and the school decide not to send them out to play, the parents can't say they weren't warned. Unfortunately, there are parents who will eg send their child in plimsolls in the snow.

ZingWantsGin Mon 11-Nov-13 17:42:53

imagine Sheldon Cooper as headteacher.

you'd never hear the end of it.

"class mate agreement" grin

MrsCakesPremonition Mon 11-Nov-13 17:48:20

Sheldon Cooper wouldn't care about anyone else's coat - so long as he had his own correct coat and was able to maintain his own optimum body temperature, everyone else could go hang.

colleysmill Mon 11-Nov-13 18:06:16

Reminds me of the time I was pulled aside at pre-school regarding ds and his coat.

I was approached at pick up informing me (quite firm my) that ds's coat was not suitable for the ( then weather) and asking me to purchase him a warmer coat. I very gently pointed out that actually yes he had a warmer coat that was hanging behind her on a peg that I had also sent in that day but for reasons only known to 3 year olds he insisted on wearing the thinner coat on his head as a superhero cape.

Apparently at outside play ds had said the warm coat wasn't his and wore the thinner one instead and no-one had checked to see whose name was inside the extra unclaimed coat.

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