The mum was shocked to discover that her son’s preschool was serving the children cups of tea.

A concerned mum has posted to parenting forum Mumsnet after her two-year-old son was given a cup of tea at preschool. The mum said she believed that the choice of drink was entirely unsuitable for young children and asked if she was being unreasonable to raise the issue with the staff.

An Odd Choice

Posting on the forum, the mum said she was surprised when she discovered what her son was being served. “My dear son has just moved out of the baby room. When I collected him the other day I was told that he’d just had a cup of tea and a biscuit,” she wrote. “I assumed they were role-playing and really meant water or milk, however, the staff member said no, real tea.” The mum said she was very happy with the care provided by the preschool and felt like she would be overreacting to share her concerns with the staff. “Am I being unreasonable to think this really isn’t appropriate for two-year-olds?” she asked. “Before this, I’ve never had any concerns at all with the nursery.”

What’s The Harm?

Responses to the mum’s post were divided with some saying it was a strange decision on the part of the preschool. “Is your child going to nursery in 1976?” wrote one disbelieving parent. “I know this will go against the census, but honestly, I’d move nurseries,” said another mum. Others, however, pointed out that their children often had tea at home and said it didn’t do them any harm. “I’m not sure what the problem is,” said one commenter. “They wouldn’t have given it to him scalding hot.” Yahoo7 said it’s worth noting that the official advice from the Department of Health is that tea is ‘unsuitable’ for young children due to the caffeine content.

While we think that every parent is entitled to serve their child whatever they feel is appropriate (within reason) in their own home, we can’t help but think that the preschool would be best to stick to good old water. Nobody can have a problem with that!

Do you think this mum was overreacting or had every right to be concerned? Let us know in the comments!

  • I think if it was a one off that’s OK. Perhaps they were role playing from a book. But tea has caffeine in it – I wouldn’t want my child drinking it at that age.


  • I can’t understand why they would serve up tea for the children unless it was only for that day. Maybe they were talking about when children used to go to school years ago. If not then tell them that you aren’t happy with their decision and also check with the other parents to get their thoughts.


  • I’d be curious to know what type of tea. Most teas have caffeine in it. I was mindful of this and my son was not served tea until he was much older. It was something he shared with his Nan, who was a tea drinker — and I couldn’t confirm his age — but late primary school I’m thinking.


  • I would be interested in knowing what type of tea. If it’s something like peppermint or even just flavoured water.. it could be just something they are teaching the kids to add flavour to water rather than drink cordial or soft drink..


  • Tea with caffeine shouldn’t be given to a young child. Not a very wise move.


  • Um, doesn’t tea have caffeine in it? I’m sure we’re not taking herbal tea. I wouldn’t like it.


  • A strange choice for a little one!


  • Um, I don’t think this is a good idea. If a parent want’s to give their children tea then that is their choice but it shouldn’t be a choice by the child care centre.


  • Tea has Caffeine in it which should never be given to children. I can’t understand why a preschool would have allowed children to have it because there are laws surrounding what is permissible for children to consume at any childcare facility. Talk to them & voice yr concerns but I personally would be moving to a better childcare centre who obey what is in the guidelines.

    • The article doesn’t say if they served tea with or without caffeine. There are many caffeine free herbal teas.


  • I wouldn’t be happy especially with caffeine be present in tea unless it was natural herbal tea only if it didn’t contain sugar as well
    I don’t even think it would meet the healthy guidelines that are put in place for day care centers


  • My 4 year old daughter has only ever had a small sip of tea once. Im concerned with the caffeine levels in black and green tea. Herbal tea though would be ok


  • What types of tea? I like tea so surely it’s ok


  • Caffeine is very unhealthy for children, never mind little children, what is wrong with this preschool.


  • Strange choice for a child to be drinking especially at pre-school – what happened if they poured it on themselves and got burnt? My girls drink cups of tea and have done since they were little and taste tested mine, they love one especially after school with a lovely homemade cookie but at least I can supervise them and make sure they are not going to get burnt!


  • If it didn’t harm your child why are you complaining? If you want your child to have everything you prepare then stay home with him/her. Be an at home mum with your child – if you can’t afford to do this then go with the flow and don’t complain.


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