My daughter is in prep this yr, up until maybe May? She had never had a canteen lunch, I make all their lunches (sandwiches) on Sunday and freeze them and take them out the night before and pack into their lunch boxes along with all the other bits and pieces - because I did that - I never had a 'day' that I wasnt abl to/didnt have time to make lunches but I have no decided once a fortnight I will only make 4 sandwiches for her (and 3 for her brother in kindy) and then she can choose the day she has canteen (tuckshop).. she'll tell me and then I'll write up her order,
She gets some input but if I dont like her request I can always change it to make sure she is eating a well balanced lunch meal.. The only real treat she loves to get is a slushie so on occassions I'll agree to that with her order. It all goes into a brown paper bag with the money inside and goes into break specific boxes that are taken to the tuckshop when class starts..
As she is in Prep, she isnt allowed to go to the tuckshop during lunch breaks (they cannot wander the school unsupervised) so until next yr she cannot take spare change for a treat so I figure this is my way of her doing something a little different but by still knowing exactly what she ate and feeling comfortable that she is eating well at school even if I didnt pack it LOL
The tuckshop is pretty cheap and has some good healthy foods as well as some junkish style ones.. eg you can get great sandwiches/wraps as well as nuggets, nacho's, chicken strips, wedges.. They offer fruit & muffins as well as juice, milks and slushies..
Madison Jade 28.08.06 & Kobyn James 20.06.08