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Same size school dinners for a reception and Y6?!

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grants1000 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:00:32

My eldest DS is in Y6 and is complaining his school dinner is not enough and he is still hungry, so I have been giving him extra bits. I had not really thought about it before, but reception children are getting the same size portion as a Y6 size 6 feet growing at a huge rate 10/11 year old whoose very tall!! We all pay the same amount per school dinner, so I don't feel I can make the suggestion they get more, or can I? Or should I just accept it as the way it is and give him extra food? He has a banana, or a Babybel, fruisli bar or little ham sarnie.

Hobbitation Thu 31-Jan-13 17:53:58

I think for £2.30 a day everyone should be adequately fed. I bet in France they do 3/4 course meals in canteens for that- I was paying 1.30 a day in France in 1996 for a three/four course meal in a university canteen. 2.30 is surely more than equivalent in today's money.

ggirl Thu 31-Jan-13 18:13:35

ds only pays £2

socharlotte Thu 31-Jan-13 19:00:44

socharlotte what a daft thing to say! NIMBYism as applied to school dinners, what is the world coming to?!?

how is it daft to assume portion sizes are equal? In What other catering outlet would it be acceptable for customers portion sizes to be varied depending on what the waiter thinks the customers calorific requirement is?

LadyLech Thu 31-Jan-13 19:10:04

"Would you be happy if a restaurant gave you less because you were smaller than the man at the table."

Sorry, but I think that is a very poor analogy because I would pay for an adult portion. However in many restaurants children's portions come in different sizes - younger and older child portions. For example Frankie and Benny's do this. Smaller portions for younger children and bigger portions for older children. As we all know, children need to eat more as they get older, and no I don't think it is acceptable for children of 4 to be expected to eat the same as a child of 11 (and vice versa)

socharlotte Thu 31-Jan-13 19:17:55

yes but they are different prices!!!!!!!!!

socharlotte Thu 31-Jan-13 19:18:38

school dinners are all the same price

AdriftAndOutOfStardust Thu 31-Jan-13 19:47:58

And the OP is saying she'd be happy to pay more for her child to be adequately fed - and you seem to be arguing that she shouldn't be allowed to!

narmada Thu 31-Jan-13 19:53:31

There is clear guidance and scientific evidence that children of different ages and different genders typically need different portion sizes. The key word there is typically. Surely school meal staff - and any staff involved in setting school meal policy - should be able to make allowances for different appetites?

As for the charging issue, it is not really on to compare school catering to commercial catering outlets. Schools, at least in tge state sector, are not commercial enterprises.

mrz Thu 31-Jan-13 19:54:13

As a teacher on the rare occasion I've had a school lunch I can say it is exactly the same portion as the pupils get for lunch.

Hulababy Thu 31-Jan-13 19:59:47

Staff school dinners are bigger than children's at my school. However staff pay more than a £ than the children do.

LadyLech Thu 31-Jan-13 20:23:32

Me too, at the last school I taught in all teachers had bigger school dinners than students. (Different system where I currently work).

mrz Thu 31-Jan-13 20:25:44

I feel robbed wink

ByTheWay1 Thu 31-Jan-13 22:06:27

Our school gets dinners delivered , does not cook on the premises - they are ordered daily after a count up at registration , counted in portions, so everyone gets the same.

We have had to push bloomin hard to get them to include just a few extra portions in case a little one slides their dinner onto the floor - God only knows what hoops would have to be jumped through to get different portion sizes.....

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