A mum has divided opinion after slamming a primary school’s list of lunchbox rules that “seem to make no sense”.
The parent shared the list on Mumsnet as she asked for suggestions she could make to improve it, showing food had been placed into three colour coded categories.
It states snacks in the ‘green’ section should be included in children’s lunchboxes every day, featuring a mix of fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and dairy products.
Those in the ‘amber’ category are viewed as ‘treats’ to be given sparingly, such as cakes, crisps and biscuit-based chocolate bars.
‘Red’ foods are those that pupils are banned from packing into their lunchboxes, listed as sweets, chocolate bars, nut products, fast food, and donuts.
The mum wrote: “So according to my (primary) school’s ‘healthy’ lunchbox rules I can give my child a KitKat (biscuit based chocolate bar) but I can’t give them a small chocolate coin or some cubes of chocolate as these are solid chocolate.
“It seems to make no sense to me – indeed the whole policy seems to be a box ticking exercise so they can be considered a ‘healthy school’ by County.
“Does anyone know of guidelines/rules that make more sense? I’d like to make a suggestion on improvements rather than just complaining!”
Some parents also hit out at the list, as one replied to say: “I’d tell them to sod off and then sod off some more. They have zero right to dictate what you feed your child. Schools overstepping the line like this makes me furious. Also that guide is incredibly patronising and treats parents like morons.”
But many others argued the guidelines looked “pretty reasonable” and that fixed rules made it easier to monitor what pupils were eating each day.
A mum commented: “Why would you put a chocolate coin in a lunch box? That list sounds highly reasonable to me. A child should not have sweets every day, I thought this was known.”
A second wrote: “Seems sensible to me. Biscuit based chocolate bars have less sugar than solid chocolate bars of the same size, logical.
“Some parents feed their kids s***e, which affects their ability to learn and to grow. Schools would be irresponsible to allow that to happen at school.”
And some saw both sides, saying: “I can’t bear this. They’re your children, you are in charge of what they eat. But since you have sent them to a school with this sort of approach, overall, I have to say, the rules seem healthy enough. Just give them a chocolate wafer.”