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I'm curious to know from parents who have been there already- how did you put it to your kid's teachers to let them know that your child is vegetarian/ vegan?<br><br>
My son is starting preschool in a couple weeks, we have a meet and greet next week and I will be talking to the teachers and other parents. Do I bring it up with the other parents too?<br><br>
There are cooking classes as part of it and field trips, I want to make sure that he doesn't eat meat, or eat something from other kids lunches.<br><br>
I don't want to offend anyone, start off on the wrong foot, or end up in a dumb debate or anything. I think there has to be a good way to put it, any advice?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2978664"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm curious to know from parents who have been there already- how did you put it to your kid's teachers to let them know that your child is vegetarian/ vegan?<br><br>
My son is starting preschool in a couple weeks, we have a meet and greet next week and I will be talking to the teachers and other parents. Do I bring it up with the other parents too?<br><br>
There are cooking classes as part of it and field trips, I want to make sure that he doesn't eat meat, or eat something from other kids lunches.<br><br>
I don't want to offend anyone, start off on the wrong foot, or end up in a dumb debate or anything. I think there has to be a good way to put it, any advice?</div>
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is he old enough to make his own decisions?<br>
At any rate, go to the school office, they should have forms to fill out that will alert the staff to things like medications, or disabilities or even food requirements. as far as him not sharing that meat from another students lunch? Im afraid you will just have to trust him not to do it. The teachers can not hover over him constantly to make sure he conforms to the veg diet.
 

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Preschool's generally about 4 years old, Fatman. So there's a chance he gets is, and a chance he doesn't. It's a flexible age.<br><br>
I agree, tell the teachers and see if they have forms for medications/allergies/food everything (especially with some kids who religiously can't eat beef or so on).
 

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He's 2 1/2 and can't really talk much yet! He signs some words and can make mainly vowel sounds. He is enrolled in a 2 year old preschool program where they focus on socialization and pre-reading and speech.<br>
There will be snacktime and lunch time. I plan on packing him his lunch. Its only 2 days a week, but at this age I'm concerned that he doesn't know any better if some other child gave him meat- he might eat it and the teacher might not pay attention.<br>
Other concerns are the cooking classes and field trips. I just want to be clear and serious without evoking animosity. I also want him to make friends and not be a weird kid or anything (given his speech delay is also working against him)<br><br>
I'm new at this whole vegetarian parenting thing- I don't know if it is a valid concern or I'm making a big deal out of nothing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Also- he is super underweight because of reflux- I don't want to raise any eyebrows or ignorance on the teacher or aides behalf about that by even mentioning that in the first place. I don't want anyone to think the wrong thing without knowing the whole story and call CPS or anything like that.
 

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Vegetarian mom to vegetarian twins....be SURE to let them know that your child is vegetarian in a nice note that includes a list of common foods that contain gelatin....marshmallows, some yogurt, gummy candies, etc.<br><br>
Offer to leave a stash of snack alternatives in the classroom for days that non-vegetarian foods will be served. Be sure to volunteer to bring in snacks every time there is an event so your child will have at least one choice that will work.<br><br>
In this day of allergies, health concerns and spiritual diversity, teachers tend to be conscientious and appreciate the the heads up.<br><br>
I taught my kids very, very early the common foods to avoid and told them that if they made a good choice at school they would be doubly rewarded at home....turning down one cookie meant two cookies and LOTS of praise! While your child is too young to be completely independent on this, he will catch on pretty quickly when one treat becomes two!
 

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Vegetarian mom to vegetarian twins....be SURE to let them know that your child is vegetarian in a nice note that includes a list of common foods that contain gelatin....marshmallows, some yogurt, gummy candies, etc.<br><br>
Offer to leave a stash of snack alternatives in the classroom for days that non-vegetarian foods will be served. Be sure to volunteer to bring in snacks every time there is an event so your child will have at least one choice that will work.<br><br>
In this day of allergies, health concerns and spiritual diversity, teachers tend to be conscientious and appreciate the the heads up.<br><br>
I taught my kids very, very early the common foods to avoid and told them that if they made a good choice at school they would be doubly rewarded at home....turning down one cookie meant two cookies and LOTS of praise! While your child is too young to be completely independent on this, he will catch on pretty quickly when one treat becomes two!</div>
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Thank you! This was super helpful- and very useful advice! I love the idea of a double reward- I'm going to steal that idea!<br><br>
And thanks for mentioning candy with gelatin- I totally forgot about that stuff outside my home! I will be sure to mention it.
 

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The preschool my kids went to (my youngest has a different set up), I was lucky to have spots with the local university/regional daycare center. It had a chef on staff and they accounted for any and all allergies, veg*ns and vegans, Muslim and Jewish etc..<br><br>
The schools in my province follow a strict no sharing food and no nuts policy. I've volunteered in my kid's junior kindergarten classes (3-5 year's old) and they really do pay attention. With kids from so many different backgrounds they have to. I think it really comes down to the norm in the area you live. It's taken seriously around here by most.
 

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I'm curious to know from parents who have been there already- how did you put it to your kid's teachers to let them know that your child is vegetarian/ vegan?</div>
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Kind of curious to know why you'd feel the need to?<br><br>
With our kids at pre-school there was a vegetarian option for their lunches when we applied. We got a bit freaked out at first when she came home and told us she'd been eating meat and chicken, but the pre-school explained that they made the meat and the veggie food look the same, and told the children it was all the same, to avoid anyone getting singled out. Which seemed like a good idea.<br><br>
Now the eldest is at school we just give her a pack lunch. She's too fussy to have school dinners anyway.<br><br>
Far more of a problem have been parents at parties who know full well she's a vegetarian but let her eat chicken sandwiches anyway ><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Kind of curious to know why you'd feel the need to?<br></div>
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Mainly because of the field trips where a lunch is provided by the preschool and kids birthday parties and cooking classes. She shows them how to put together some meat items, and often gets pizza and wings for parties. Its not wrong to want to tell the teacher that you don't want your kid to have the pepperoni pizza or chicken wings, or let her know that you will be packing a lunch for your kid on the outings, or encourage her to have a cooking class with a veggie option.<br>
It is probably different where you are from- where I live being vegetarian is a "special accommodation" like an allergy.<br><br>
I already notified the teacher, and she is on board. She is going to let me know ahead of time when the kids are having birthday parties and when she is having cooking classes so I can make something veggie for him so he doesn't feel left out. Hes really young and doesn't understand the difference yet. He would eat meat just because it was given to him and especially if the other kids are eating it.
 

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We haven't signed our son up for daycare/preschool yet but I did contact some schools. One of my questions was "how do you do lunchtime?" and then "we're a vegan family so we don't eat meat, eggs, dairy, or honey. Can you accommodate us?" and most say something like "oh yes, we have other vegetarian kids" or "sure, just pack his lunch and bring it."<br><br>
When I was a kid, my mom just told the teachers on the first day or something and sent us to school with our own lunches. For field trips and things there were a couple problems but it worked out in the end.
 

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For infant/toddler care we just flat out told them we didn't want our daughter to eat meat or drink milk. Nobody batted and eye; I suspect they get direction like that frequently. It's easier in programs where you pack your kid's lunch, which was the case for us, but they did have snacks, etc., and didn't want any misunderstandings. To qualify for getting funded for under-resourced families, they had to provide milk for the kids. If I recall correctly, we had to get a doctor's note prescribing soy milk, that we would bring, to be taken in lieu of cow's milk. When she got older and went to places that provided meals, there still was no problem.<br><br>
With the paranoid expectations some parent have of daycare centers, expecting them to give your kid vegetarian food shouldn't seem to be too far fetched. Even chains like Kindercare can accommodate. If they react I would go somewhere else.
 
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