Nurseries in Chester have come under fire for banning children’s birthday cake under a new healthy eating programme.

Knowsley Borough Council and Chester University set up the Pre-school Nutrition Project to try to get children eating healthier. Under the new initiative, sweets and cake brought in for children’s birthday parties cannot be eaten in nursery, but handed to parents at the end of the day.

While the scheme has been set up to “encourage nurseries to provide healthy snacks and treats for all children”, the move has been criticised by the Campaign for Real Eductaion.

“Banning sweets on birthdays is taking it too far. Diet is all about moderation and judgement. The powers that be should not be spoiling childhood all together,” commented its chair, Nick Seaton.

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