mum of 1
mum of 1
Salwa, 2 girls, sydney
Linda (Jessica 3/4/03, Caleb 11/4/05)
I just read your story and I am so shocked by what you went through at the play centre. Have you complained to management? Please don,t think you are silly - your child has every right to eat and if she has special requirements then this should be allowed. And you would expect these centres to provide good food. It makes me furious that they can dictate to people that you can only eat their food and then only offer junk food! Good luck!!!
Legally these places can refuse to allow you to eat your own food, as it is a private premise, and they do have the right to ask you to put the food away, or leave.
Unless it is explicitly stated in the conditions of entry to the playground that they do not allow food to be brought in, you do have the right o demand (and recieve) a refund on your entry price if forced to leave.
Also, in NZ we have laws regarding labellng of commecial foods. Basically, if they must be able to provide you with a list of ingredients for the products they sell.
And if your child is on a restricted diet because of health or religious reasons, and they do not provide suitable food options, it becomes a human rights/discrimination issue if they do not allow you to feed your child 'safe' foods.
At the end of the day, it all depends how long and how loud you are prepared to argue. If you know the legal stuff it helps, because in most cases the managers know the company policy, but not the actual laws, so if you throw the laws at them they won't argue.
Hope this clears up a few of the legal bits. Good luck ladies, and good on you for being so committed to feeding your children healthy foods!
Mum to Maya Grace 02-03, Sienna & Mercedes 10-06
Don't think there are any on central coast I live in Sydney but their website is www.lollypops.com
Thanks Bec. smile
I tell you what, if someone told me i couldn't give my children their home made puree veges, i would be quite angry! IF they sold baby food...ie, heinz jars, maybe you could accept that.
This gets me quite angry, and i am up for trying it out....just you wait!
My children don't like junk food, it's as simple as that, oh except hot potato chips. I even gave my daughter a piece of chocolate cake, from a party she couldn't attend as she was sick. She bought back half of her tiny piece and said no more thankyou mum. True, i promise!
DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m
mum of 3 boys aged 11, 13 and 14
Hey, its a huge issue. My son does have those allergies to food and I HAVE to take his own food in.
For me there is a whole other issue of parents allowing their children to eat in the designated play area when they should be eating at the tables.
Tracey, Sydney, mum of 2
Yes please tell me smile I have only been to Hi Jinx at point cook and I found that excellent.
Steph VIC Mummy to one gorgeous boy