National School Meals Week

I bet you didn't know that this week is National School Meals Week? Neither did I, but then there seem to be a lot of these "National Week" celebrations and so it is hard to keep track



This one is to raise awareness of healthy eating in schools, but bizarrely there doesn't seem to be any sign of Jamie Oliver banging on about turkey twizzlers.

Nutritional standards

As part of the raising awareness campaign, a survey of parents was carried out by the Local Authority Caterers Association. They found that 92% of parents surveyed wanted to see all schools abide by nutritional standards set by the Government, including private schools and free academies.

The poll also revealed that despite parents wanting all schools to be compliant with nutritional standards, awareness of whether their own child's school currently abides by them was low.

What did you eat today?

I don't know about you, but whenever I ask my 5 year old what he ate at school he invariably replies "I can't remember", and then proceeds to give me a blow by blow account of what happened in the playground after lunch. Selective memory already! But my 8 year old loves to tell me about the amazing food he eats. As far as I can make it, he eats a 5 course meal, which bizarrely seems to end with soup!

As regular readers of the Tinies Blog will know, I'm not the world's best cook. So when I produce a macaroni cheese that I've slaved over for a few minutes, I'm always slightly put out to hear that it's not as good as the school's. But actually I should be delighted that my kids enjoy their school meals, and that they are getting a nutritional and hot meal every day if they want it.

Packed lunches

I take my hat off to parents who have to do a packed lunch for their children every day. I had to do one every day last week when my 8 year old went to a sports camp. I filled up his lunch box with all kinds of healthy snacks, but invariably they would come back uneaten with a grumpy and hungry son.

I tried being inventive by buying some colourful fruit snacks, only to be told by one of the mums that they contain more sugar than a packet of Haribo. So I just gave in - it was egg sandwiches, Haribo, crisps and chocolate every day, and he ate the lot and didn't stop bouncing off the walls until bed time!

Amanda Coxen, Working Mum and Tinies Director

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