Concerns kids are skipping lunch because they can’t open their packed lunches.

A Child Care in Brisbane is rolling out classes for kids as young as three after the local primary school found not all early grade students knew how to eat independently, News Corp reports.

The child care centre’s director Jana Walker said kids rarely had contact with zip-locked bags, cling wrap or fruits, which need to be peeled.

Ms Walker said it was frustrating for the kids and said the centre’s classes will teach students how to make a sandwich and eat lunch on their laps “without spills”.

“We want our children to be well prepared and confident about the school routine,” she said.

Dietician Kate Di Parma warned parents to be careful to not overwrap their children’s lunches and said children had a “small window of focus” in eating lunches because they are “keen to play with friends”.

Can your child eat their lunch independently or do they need some help?

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  • Its a good point, but most Pre-schools have lunch box days to ensure that kids know how


  • My daughter was able to open her lunchbox. I would always find the empty sandwich wrap inside.


  • I was conscious of this when I bought my daughter lunch box & water bottle. But if kids need help they will always ask for it anyway, esp if they’re hungry!


  • I would have hoped that the majority of parents ensure the children can cope with lunchtime problems such as these.


  • If its something he really wants to eat then there is no issues getting into anything. If he can’t get into it he probably doesn’t really want it.

    • I do like your comment – very true! I think adults do the same thing! :)


  • Good to bring under the attention of parents to buy a lunchbox and containers their kids can open.


  • Not a problem that has ever been encountered in our family and there are so many easy ways to pack lunches now that I cannot imagine this really being a big issue. A quick demo by a staff member would surely be enough. Children are clever and smart and can problem solve. There seem to be so many issues around food in schools and centres from articles that have been posted. A good way to encourage healthy habits is to facilitate children eating their food and then being able to get out and play. Bag searches and sitting down to prepare lunch are not being on your feet and physically active. I am all for cooking classes as it is such an important life skill; but a structured class. Lunch times and break times should be times for movement breaks and running around as children need this time.


  • Surely parents would know what their kid can do and only send stuff they were capable of opening??


  • I made sure my kids could open their lunch containers befor I bought them.


  • I always made sure my kids could open, unwrap, peel whatever was in their lunchbox. It obviously changes with age.


  • Parents d to practise these things with their children before sending them to school. Although surely these kids are asking their teachers or friends to help them open items if they can’t do it themselves?


  • i think that the parents should be making sure that their child can “handle” the lunch box task and if you can try to provide more natural, home made food instead of processed and packaged foods, that would be ideal. Everyone is so busy these days though so we all just do our best. Kids have to learn to do this for themselves one day though and when they are only 4 or so when they are going to school, this issue is to be expected.


  • I’m a little concerned that parents are not teaching their kids these things… shouldn’t parents be teaching their kids to be independent long before they reach school? My daughter has been able to help me with cooking since the age of about 2- obviously doing small things like stirring, but by the age of 3 she was able to peel carrots pretty good.


  • Incredible! Well, I remember that when my daughter was in primary school she had problems opening the cap of the yogurt pouches. And she wouldn’t drink it, unless one teacher or another child opened it for her.


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