I HAD cake this week, two in fact, both of them home made One of them had birthday candles, which I duly blew out.
Now, had I been six, and not the ripe old age of 39, there’d have been only store-bought cake, no candles and certainly no blowing out. Let’s be honest, if the cake showed any sign of being near a peanut, there’d have been no cake at all.
Now, I do appreciate there are many, many children – and adults too –with allergies to peanuts, milks, tomatoes, citrus… the list goes on, but it’s one thing to cater to an individual’s diet, it’s another thing to ban home made cakes entirely.
You may have noted a recent news report early last month on new childcare hygiene rules that have banned the blowing out of candles lest it spread disease. This week News Limited followed with a story that, I think, really does take the cake – literally.
This report was about a local council banning beaming birthday boys and girls from bringing home made cakes to share in council-run preschools.
I can't tell you how wild this makes me and not just because I think a parent should be allowed to indulge in the generous act of bringing a home made cake to share.
I am a Girl Guide leader and as a volunteer adult giving up my time for young girls and women, I know that to buy cakes and craft supplies means I will be passing on the costs to parents and the rising costs of my programs may mean some girls miss out altogether.
Girl Guide leaders are very, very good at running camps and weekly activities on a very small amount of money (a program I ran for 110 girls last weekend was costed at 55c a head). I am sure child care and preschool workers are equally as thrifty.
Who - institution or parent - can afford store-bought cakes and craft supplies?
Honestly, what can we do? I am seriously thinking of a craft revival based on egg cartons and toilet rolls. If this stuff was uber-chic and on-trend and every kid wanted it, surely then it'd be allowed.
And, crikey, don’t get me started on whether or not they’re allowed to make any noise in the playground.
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