Is in fact some vegetarian nut roast made into a casserole, the entire ingredient list is "peanuts, salt".
Ds is allergic to peanuts so obviously would not be fed this - but wondered how happy other people would be about their 18 months olds + being given peanuts and it being called "winter casserole". You would have no idea!
Ask ofsted what they say about peanuts. Can't remember whether they make this rule or not.
But children are advised not to have them until five for both allergy and choking reasons so a nursery should avoid them.
We used to check every packet instructions and avoid anything that said may contain traces of nuts - let alone cooking a casserole with the whole nut in !
DS1 and ds3 have food allergies, i will be providing ds3 with a packed lunch at childmnders for my own peace of mind but ds1 gets a choice of lunches in his Reception class, always something he can eat (eg Roast Chicken yesterday, corned beef salad today). Peanuts are NOT AN acceptable food for any child under 5, and then only with extreme caution.
No, I don't think they should have been serving this stuff at all when ds is there, it would explain some of the rushes to the doctors and A&E we have had which always coincide with the day after ds has been at nursery (he has always been a delayed reactor).
I am in NZ and called the ministry of education who don't have a rule about peanuts in preschool.
I have just organised my work schedule around him staying all of one day which would involve a lunch - great timing!
I'm not surprised bobbybob. You should see some of the c**p nurseries serve here under the guise of 'freshly prepared, nutrious meals'. Lasagne made from cheap frozen, 'protein bulked' turkey mince anyone? Truly shocking. Parents need to visit at mealtimes to see what the children are actually being fed, as what is listed on the menu often doesn't arrive on the plates.
I found out because they had forgotten to send a meal over for Bob (they make all the allergic children's meal at one nursery and then send them out). I asked to see the packet of the meat replacement product for that days meal to see if it would be suitable and they got all the cans out.
The meals he eats are generally quite home made looking - his list of allergies mean that he can't eat commercial anything, and I do look at his little meal when I drop him off.
i agree!! i worked for a Teddies Nursery (big expensive chain) and the food was utter poo!! io had to come up with imaginative ideas each day for what i could call the slop!! prospective parents should ALWAYS visit at mealtimes!