A mum branded her son’s school as “condescending” after it issued strict guidelines telling parents what can and cannot go into their children’s lunchboxes.
Jennifer Louise Ireton says the rules issued in September (in full below) had added an extra £25 a week to her food shop and it’s left her feeling worried that her son’s food will be taken away if it doesn’t match up to the criteria.
Jennifer, from Exeter, was sent the guidelines ahead of her four-year-old son Robin starting reception at his new primary school, and the 30-year-old said she feels “belittled” by the advice.
The school’s lunchbox guidelines
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day
- Some protein – meat, fish, cheese or other source of protein (e.g. hummus, peanut butter, homemade sausage rolls) – every day
- Oily fish, such as salmon, smoked mackerel or tuna at least once every three weeks
- A starchy food such as any type of bread (preferably brown bread), pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day
- Daily food such as milk, cheese, yogurt, fromage frais or custard every day
- Only water (still or sparkling), fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yogurt or milk drinks and smoothies
- Homemade cake or other dessert
- Nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat)