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Mum’s anger as nursery took chocolate cake from son and hid it until home time

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A nursery removed a chocolate Aldi fondant fancy from a boy’s lunchbox and refused to give it back until it was time to go home. Nursery staff say they are promoting healthy eating and following Ofsted guidelines, and say it will help prevent obesity and promote good oral health.

The boy’s mum, who has asked not to be named, said: “As long as you make sure they have a balanced diet and brush their teeth every morning and evening there is nothing to worry about. There’s absolutely no need to put children on a silly diet when they are just kids.”

She said her son had arrived home from nursery and told him staff had not allowed him to eat his mini chocolate cake, reports HullLive. She said: “He told me nursery didn’t let him have his cake and they hid it from him and told him he had to wait for home time. I don’t see how this small cake is going to affect him. It should be up to us parents what we feed our kids.”

Nursery staff say that if a pack lunch contains anything not allowed, they will provide the child with their own food and will invoice parents. The mum said she already pays a lot for nursery fees and her son usually enjoys his lunch as she always provides a variety of food.

She said: “People are already struggling to put food on their table after the rise in the cost of living, there is no need to make life even more difficult by banning certain foods in pack lunches.

“Everything on the list that the children are allowed to eat are really expensive and not even filling. On the list it suggests making a tuna bean salad, why would I make my child eat a tuna bean salad, I don’t even make myself eat that.”

She added: “Do they want me to calorie count his food for the day too? How silly is this?

“At the end of the day it is all down to personal choice I think this is just too extreme. Let kids be kids give them a variety of everything otherwise they will just be picky eaters.”

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