A Sunshine Coast worker, who asked to remain anonymous, says “most” kids were coming in with junk food expected to last them a whole day.
A Sunshine Coast worker, who asked to remain anonymous, says “most” kids were coming in with junk food expected to last them a whole day. AAP

Childcare worker slams 'lazy and careless' parents

A CHILD care worker has spoken out about her frustration at the "Panadol drop-off" and her despair at what parents put in their children's lunch boxes.

The Sunshine Coast worker, who asked to remain anonymous, says "most" kids were coming in with junk food expected to last them a whole day.

She said one child was dropped off at 8am and picked up about 5pm and the food for the day consisted of a jam sandwich and a packet of chips.

The woman is also nursing a fever after having to care for a child who was obviously sick at the time his parents dropped him off on Friday.

This has meant the contract employee has had to miss a day of work.

"It happens often that parents dose their children up with Panadol and then drop them off so they can get to work," she said.

"After a few hours the fever returns and then we have to nurse a sick child until the parents pick them up.

"In the case of this child we had to wait another two hours for the mum, who is not working, to fetch her little boy, who was very sick.

"They need to be held close and cared for when they are not feeling well, which makes us more vulnerable to getting their infection."

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The woman said this kind of scenario happened regularly.

"We see it all the time, the Panadol drop-off.

"Some parents come to fetch their child quickly, others ask us to give another dose of Panadol and don't come till much later."

But the event that stressed the woman to the point of tears last week was seeing another child dropped off with an inadequate lunch.

She said she wished centres could revert to old practises where meals were prepared on site.

"Another kid's lunch box consists of Shapes, teddy bear biscuits and fruit gel and she tells me she has a Coke for breakfast,'' the woman said.

"We often have to take stuff out of her lunch box as it affects her behaviour.

"But it seems some parents don't care. They haven't got the time (for their kid), they want the best house and everything.

"I can count on one hand the minority that will take the time to bake something for their children or will give them yoghurt in a container."

Dietician Sharny Kieser said it wasn't hard to make healthy lunch boxes, which would also help "make happier kids".



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