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Nursery feeding 3yo chocolate chip weetabix every morning - AIBU

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Hmmmminteresting Wed 22-May-19 19:18:15

Not the first time I've had food issues with the nursery... they're great and a lovely bunch of ladies, barely any staff turnover.. Dd age 3 has had the same key worker since she was 8mo
However they feed the kids utter shit some days. I've raised it and been told that it's a "treat" however they have these treats every day (chocolate biscuits, icecream, cake etc) and now the chocolate chip weetabix being out on the table every day is starting to take the pee a little.
She goes 4 full days so cant exactly avoid it...
Aibu to complain (again) or do I just suck it up and accept it

SummerHouse Wed 22-May-19 19:20:50

No sure. I am too distracted by the thought of sucking up wheatabix crispy minis.

AbbyHammond Wed 22-May-19 19:22:04

You don't need to complain, surely you just request your child has plain weetabix?

Thehop Wed 22-May-19 19:22:08

That’s outrageous!

We’re a private nursery and would t dream of serving that!

We do have weetBix, plain cereal porridge or toast.

AAW46 Wed 22-May-19 19:24:12

Why don't you just speak to them? I'm sure they have a policy that will say they work with parents. Surely it's up to you to specify slightly what you want her to eat / did they show sample menu when you signed up? Treats should be limited I totally agree but knowledge is power so just communicate with them. It's your right as a parent.

SummerHouse Wed 22-May-19 19:25:09

What abby said. It literally didn't cross my mind but now seems obvious.

herculepoirot2 Wed 22-May-19 19:25:18

I don’t think it’s on. Teaching good food habits is part of their job. Nothing wrong with chocolate cereal as a very occasional treat but as a daily thing, I wouldn’t be happy.

Singlenotsingle Wed 22-May-19 19:28:32

They have to provide food that all the children will eat. Just imagine all those children (how many? 20?) all fussing and refusing to eat plain cereal, jamless toast, cut up fruit. Why don't you send a breakfast box in for your dc, with food you are happy for DD to eat?

Sculpin Wed 22-May-19 19:31:05

Personally I wouldn’t be happy with this - and I’m pretty relaxed around food. Chocolate for breakfast every day just isn’t necessary! I wouldn’t use the word ‘complain’ but I would request that my DC has plain weetabix not choc chip.

outsho Wed 22-May-19 19:31:46

I would be looking at new nurseries tbh.

NCforthis2019 Wed 22-May-19 19:32:18

Just tell them your child won’t be having it and to give her something else?

janetforpresident Wed 22-May-19 19:33:47

Just ask them to feed him something else and that you only want him to have ice cream/chocolate/cake etc once a week. (or however frequently you choose) they will honour this wont they?

Buggerforwantofabettername Wed 22-May-19 19:34:18

I would have worried if mine had been at nursery donkey's years ago (I'm a SAHM, so they weren't). Now I wouldn't turn a hair. They're being fed. Fine.

thinkdrinkwater Wed 22-May-19 19:34:21

Change nurseries! That sounds awful. We scrutinised the menus before we chose a setting. Ours doesn’t even give them dried fruit or honey.

Nofilter101 Wed 22-May-19 19:35:18

Not on imo, I'd be having words and would even provide her own box of cereal

Powerof4 Wed 22-May-19 19:36:23

YANBU - healthy habits are really important. Why on earth do they need chocolate at all?

user1493413286 Wed 22-May-19 19:36:29

I wouldn’t be impressed.

HolesinTheSoles Wed 22-May-19 19:49:07

YANBU really not good to be eating that every day.

IceRebel Wed 22-May-19 19:49:49

I can't believe a nursery would offer this as a breakfast cereal. It's going to cause complaints from parents, and perhaps more importantly for the nursery it's so much more expensive than plain weetabix.

NigesFakeWalkingStick Wed 22-May-19 19:51:26

I wouldn't be impressed with this. It's fine occasionally, but in my experience once you introduce anything like that with regularity they just want more of it.

Hmmmminteresting Wed 22-May-19 19:51:53

Cant really request she has plain as she's in the preschool room so when they arrive in the mornings they have a breakfast table with 3 or 4 choices of cereal out. They joke that "the kids always go for the chocolate one"
The sample menu is very basic ie. Minted lamb burgers but then in her diary it says burger and chips followed by icecream.. stuff that is never on the weekly emails.
When I've raised it previously I've been told by the manager that it's a one off or whatever and asked if I want to exclude her from any treats, which of course I don't!
I just don't see why pudding cant be yoghurt or fruit every day and healthy cereals, then the treats can be at home.
I've spent 3 years only giving her healthy cereals so I find it quite frustrating

Passthecherrycoke Wed 22-May-19 19:52:40

Don’t really see the outrage. Our nursery, who does offer a very balanced diet (you can see the composition of the daily menus to check) offer cereal for breakfast and often have shreddies, Cheerios or these own brand honey puff things. Hardly scandalous, I imagine choc chip weetabix is healthier than the honey puffs

RosieposiePuddingandPi Wed 22-May-19 19:52:59

I wouldn't be happy about it, they're very sugary for a breakfast. At DS's nursery they have a choice of plain weetabix, cornflakes and rice crispies so all things that littlies like for breakfast but low on sugar.
If you're comfortable to, I would talk to the manager and ask about either providing your own cereal or them changing it for something else.

DHhasahobbyanditsnotcycling Wed 22-May-19 19:54:32

Just speak with them and request no chocolate.

Most chocolate are not nut-free, so they must be used to cater for children with a nut allergy, I mean it's not unusual to make food request.

My nursery used to put chocolate chips in yogurts, the kids loved them and we still do it here.

WitchesGlove Wed 22-May-19 19:55:00

Your nursery must be a barrel of laughs, thinkdrinkwater

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