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21/04/2013 at 11:04
If your child doesn't have school dinners, why not?
B doesn't because:
1) They said they couldn't me this needs for lunch (nursery managed it bloomin easily)
2) It seemed expensive in comparion to what I could get for the same amount
3) I know how much he has eaten because it is either left or eaten
4) It means that I can include snacks for before and after school if necessary.
5) I don't know that they would provide enough in a meal to fill him up.
I think I would have preferred him to ahev school dinners though.
21/04/2013 at 11:08
He never ate any of it so it was a waste of money.
(He's so fussy - wont eat any meat, egg, rice, cheese - it's a nightmare feeding him!)
Such a cop out for school.
My child does have school dinners because.....I'm too lazy to make sandwiches every morning and I like to know she has had a decent hot meal everyday.
21/04/2013 at 11:11
What are his needs? We don't school lunch mainly because they charge a fortune - we're talking around £2000 for the year. They do offer a huge variety of healthy balanced meals but as a SAHM I have the time to cook for him in the early evening and we have always eaten together since weaning age. I don't feel two cooked meals a day is necessary and he eats small portions anyway so I would imagine half of it would go to waste. That said if they were a lot cheaper I would definitely consider it, he is one of three children out of 36 who has a packed lunch!
21/04/2013 at 11:13
He is dairy free (not sure if it is lactose or milk protein)) and can't have tomatoes. He also ahev to avoid bran fibre types things.
21/04/2013 at 11:43
Wow LB that is such a lot.
E's school charge £1.50 a day so £7.50 a week.
Just thought of another reason why she has school dinners- In Durham when E started school there was a pilot which gave everyone free school meals for 2 yrs. They were looking at the effects of having a dinner made to concentration (I think). By the time the pilot finished there was a change of government.
21/04/2013 at 11:47
We do a bit of both, mainly because it's cheaper to do a packed lunch than pay £2.05 every day, so we do about 2 school lunches 3 packed lunches a week
21/04/2013 at 11:59
LindtbunnyWe don't school lunch mainly because they charge a fortune - we're talking around £2000 for the year.
Sorry I've jsut thoguht about this - that's £10 a day!!! Blimey!
21/04/2013 at 12:00
Because he doesn't want them.
I constantly ask if he wants one, he never does.
I don't really mind the cost (they're £10.50 a week), and during the winter i'd have liked him to have a hot dinner, but he never wants one. Even when they do special menus at Christmas, Easter etc, and when they have a "Mothers lunch", he still has sandwiches.
21/04/2013 at 12:33
Joshua has hot lunch one day a week - partly because it would cost me more to pay for hot lunch every day than to make packed lunches and partly because he has his hot lunch on a swimming lesson day so then I only have to give him a light tea before we go out at 5pm.
21/04/2013 at 15:15
My kids haven't started school but I doubt they'll have school meals due to the cost. Much cheaper to send a packed lunch. Although I think in our area, all P1 and P2 get free school meals anyway. A will need to get over her fussiness before she starts!
21/04/2013 at 15:25
O has school dinners 3 days and packed lunch 2 days. She'd love them every day but it costs too much. When A starts in sept they can have school diners 2 days.
Because its the equivalent of £10 a day for a morning snack and lunch...
21/04/2013 at 17:09
Because it's too expensive for both boys (£21 a week) and Tate wouldn't eat the majority of it anyway!
21/04/2013 at 19:35
I already pay for a hot meal with his childminder, don't think he needs two hot meals a day. Plus he doesn't want dinners, really likes sandwiches so is happy with his packed lunch.
21/04/2013 at 19:51
I do a mixture with A. Mainly because I think the cost outweighs what she will eat as a reception child. I normally buy and keep a stack of dinner tickets. last week she had packed lunch all week. Some weeks she has 2 dinners and 3 packed lunches. It varies!
21/04/2013 at 21:51
E has had SD mayb e twice, she is always hungry when she comes home if she has SD and says she doesnt enjoy them. The cost is high too £2.30 a day so that puts me off.
22/04/2013 at 09:09
My daughter has a mixture - she has school dinner three days a week and packed lunch the other two. If she didn't have school dinner she wouldn't have a cooked meal on those days as she goes to afterschool club where she has a snack tea.
She sometimes doesn't eat much of her packed lunch but I know that they encourage them to eat all their school dinner - I'm sure she doesn't eat it all all the time though.
22/04/2013 at 10:00
Luke will be going to school in Sept with a packed lunch because I need to control the type of texture of food he can manage. He can only eat mush or puree food and needs a high cal diet.
22/04/2013 at 12:11
Elliott is fussy , he doesn't like meat and is not keen on potatoes. So he has a packed lunch as then I know he's getting something to eat!
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