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Navigating the Childcare System with Vegan Kids

This year my youngest child started Kindy… finally, trust me you’d understand if you met her… Having 3 kids, this is the first time in a long time that we are childcare free. Over the last 3 years we have had to transition while also trying to explain veganism to a new roster of childcare teachers each year.

Here are some Tips that helped us survive childcare.

  1. Do your Research, and know your options
    Finding the right childcare isn’t always easy, you need like the people, trust them with your child and know that your wishes are being met. Research what Childcare options you have and have a few lined up to check out. If this one isn’t right for you, don’t worry, there will be another.
  2. Always meet and greet
    You found somewhere that you like, great, always… and I mean always head down and talk to the staff and director. Voice your concerns and explain that your child is vegan. Their reaction will tell you a lot. Talk it through with them and figure out if this place makes you feel comfortable or not
  3. Explain what being Vegan means
    It may seem simple to you, but a lot of people don’t actually know what a Vegan diet means. Explain that, yes, it means NO DIARY, NO EGG, NO HONEY, not just the obvious no meat, that a lot of people mistake it for. This could help any mishaps from occurring through simple lack of knowledge. This is highly important, even when it comes to a childcare that doesn’t provide food for your children, they will eventually make food as an activity, or have a birthday cake, so knowing this information will be helpful.
  4. Be prepared and Flexible if need be
    Sometimes our childcare options are limited and we need to work with what we have. Some places can cater for your child; some may be more difficult. You need to be ready to prepare certain lunches, snacks or maybe the entire day’s meals to ensure your child eats Vegan.
  5. Work with and Teach
    Sometimes, the world hasn’t caught up with our movement yet. The most important thing is being upfront and honest with your childcare teachers. Being willing to teach them about vegan food, and what easy meals they could prep can open up not only the childcare system to providing Vegan meals, but also the individual staff to normalizing Veganism and it not being so odd and scary.

At the end of the day, if you are happy with your child at your chosen childcare and they are safe and cared for, these issues can always be solved. And if not remember you always have options. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

Xx. Sally

Earthling Child Mum

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