Home lunching for Primary School kids(8 Posts)
jsp56 I know Stapleford Primary (south of Cambridge) has no issue with it. Many of the children there are Plymouth Brethren and, owing to the rules of their religion, don't eat with those who are not Brethren. The mothers retrieve the children at lunch time every day, then bring them back.
Another mother (not Brethren) did the same with her child recently as he'd suffered a broken arm and didn't have much to do during playtime. For a few weeks she just brought him home for lunch.
Are you encountering resistance in your school?
I'm sorry to hear this and at least you now know you have every right to take your son home for lunch.
Also, I'm sure you know, but after school play dates and group activities might help. There are many ways for children to learn social skills. Your head teacher sounds narrow-minded and the lunch time supervisors ineffective!
Best of luck.
I don't know about particular schools in Cambridge but given your sons dietary requirements and his age I think I would take him home.
I really can't see missing lunchtime will make him a social outcast, but I'm also not sure I would necessarily think he had fallen in with a 'bad crowd' at 4! When my first started school he had hardly seen any TV beyond teletubbies and I remember being shocked at how rough some of his peers seemed. It was just they had older siblings and were more grown up in someways. When ds3 started he probably was that rough child who shocked the mothers of PFB. But he was still (and mostly still is!) a sweet child, he had just grown up playing with older brothers and got stuck in.
Anyway if the lunch isn't working I would say that you will bring him home for lunch maybe until Easter. At least then you know he is able to eat a warm lunch. After Easter he will be that bit older, you may have more lunch options to send packed up and you can give it another try. I know all about having to send packed lunches at exclude food and how hard it can be to come up with something suitable and that your child will eat - I had a brief time making sushi in the mornings as the only stuff in the exclusion diet he would actually eat was fish and rice. Do your socialising after school and at weekends.
I wonder if the head is worried about starting a trend of the little ones going home. So if you sell it more on the food issue at least he can say Litteljsp has to go home to get a hot meal, rather than its because of playground issues.
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