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meals at nursery - what is 'tea' meant to be then?

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loomer · 24/04/2007 14:57

Hello, feel a bit of a twit asking at DD's nursery... so much better to be a twit on MN!

DD does two full days at local nursery, usually has breakfast at home and then lunch at nursery, and what they call 'tea' at around 3.30pm, before I collect her at 5pm.

I'm just a bit confused as to what I should feed her when we get home. When she's home with me I give her an early lunch, and maybe a snack when she wakes up from her nap (some milk, a handful of raisins or a crumpet) and then a 'proper' meal at 5-ish.

Is this 'tea' that she has at nursery supposed to be in lieu of a full evening meal? It's normally some sandwiches, or cheese and crackers, and some fruit or fromage frais - more than I would give her at that time at home, but certainly not enough to keep her going until bedtime.

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Mumpbump · 24/04/2007 15:00

Ask the nursery. At ds' nursery, they have a snack - sandwich, raisins and fruit - at 3:30. Ds stays until 18:00 so gets a cooked dinner at 17:30. I think he is pretty much the only one there that late though!!

Pamina · 24/04/2007 15:00

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snowwonder · 24/04/2007 15:00

tea oat my nursery isnt till 5.00. they have fruit at about 3ish

tea is normally sandwiches, crumpets, bolied egg, etc..

maybe you could offer some fruit or some cereal, a bit later after nursery, that seems to be a very early tea

nailpolish · 24/04/2007 15:01

just sounds like a posh name for a snack

like afternoon tea

i would just give dd her usual evening meal. if she doesnt eat you could either - ask the nursery not to give her such a big snack
give her a smaller portion at the evening meal at home

Mumpbump · 24/04/2007 15:01

You could always ask them to cut back on the amount they give her if you think she's not hungry enough at her usual mealtime, I guess...

nailpolish · 24/04/2007 15:02

i imagine lots of small children drinking tea with pointy pinkies, doillies and french fancies

thehairybabysmum · 24/04/2007 15:03

my nursery gives a snack at 3.15. i find on nursery days ds is happy just to have some toast or another snacky type tea when i get him home. He defo doesnt eat a full dinner on these days so i've given up wasting it.

bozza · 24/04/2007 15:05

At nurseries they usually give the main meal at lunchtime and then a lighter meal at teatime. AT ours it might be sandwiches, or pasta bake, or scrambled eggs on toast. I used to feed my DS a proper dinner at about 6.15 when we ate but this is too much for DD so I just give her a snack at this time usually involving fruit.

loomer · 24/04/2007 20:00

Thanks for all comments. I have been offering her a pretty full meal (well, as much as I can rustle up before bathtime!) when we get home, and most of the time she eats it, so I guess it's not putting her appetite under any strain. She does love her food .

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bozza · 25/04/2007 09:18

Well if she is happy with that, go with it. My main concern has always been ensuring that they don't wake up at 5 starving.

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gingernutlover · 08/05/2007 07:27

dd 20m has "tea" at nursery at about half three four oclock which is sandwiches/crumpets/bagels etc with fruit/yoghurt and I was told she may need somthing little when she gets in as well but the little piggy come sin and eats a full dinner and pudding with gusto every night - maybe she is just like her mum and likes her food

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