If I could moan about one thing it would be the amount of money spent on dinners - croissants sants first thing in the morning when she comes in are so delicious and so is hot chocolate and waffles at break time are hard to resist too - the amount of drinks on offer is overwhelming - she is free to buy what she wants so I am working on a plan of how to curb the spending without being too harsh. Sensitive matter you see...
Really pleased to hear your DD is settling well in the CHG. Thought I'd let you know how I'm handling this 'delicate issue' of snacks at school - and yes, I agree it is tricky.
As my moniker suggests - I'm an old thing, and fondly remember life when there were no snacks between main meals and I never had seen a plastic water bottle. Does anyone else remember foul aluminium canteens which made water taste funny? As many will recall - I can be partial to a cup of coffee and a sticky bun - but 1) I can't afford to do that daily and 2) I'd be the size of a barn if I did! and 3) it always tastes better when a special treat.
We have hit a half-way house which has worked well with little fish (our eldest) at her state secondary comprehensive & have now rolled out for small fry- we budget £3 a school day for food (regardless of early closure/ teacher training/ school trips) - this results in a little slush fund for snacks/ treats - which they can manage as they see fit. So for Sept with 4 days lost at CHG to the trip and one teacher training day - small fry has a £12 slush fund for snacks (which we expect will at least last to October half-term and hope may stretch beyond that).
CHG is slightly tricky because with the finger print payment system there is the tendency for small fry to feel she isn't really paying for it. However, so far this has worked well and kept us on budget. Papa Trout has reviews her parent pay account with her and I think small fry gets that she can run up a snacks bill but it only means cuts for her elsewhere (swimming?, going to the movies?, clothes - school or otherwise?, etc...)
Learning to stick to a budget/ stretch your money - is no bad thing - and good training for life really. It can be a hard slog at first - but ultimately it's a good skill to have.
Small fry has become adept at grabbing a piece of fruit before school - solves the problem and 'is free' - in that it doesn't impact on her school day food budget. Although, having said that, Papa Trout was bent out of shape this morning that all the bananas were gone