A nursery recently sent a letter to all parents informing them to buy their children’s shoes from Clarks or Start Rite, and a mother has hit back saying that it’s “very condescending”.
Taking to Mumset, the disgruntled reader told the forum that the nursery told her “sparkly shoes may look pretty but they don’t support a child’s growing feet properly”.
Getty – Contributor The nursery told parents that the shoes were sensible, but they come with a hefty price tag
She went on to say that she “checked the Start Rite website and shoes in my 4year old’s size are £50+. That’s probably £150 a year in shoes at the rate they grow”.
She added: “I get DC’s feet measured, then buy whatever shoes I feel are suitable.
Last time they were measured in John Lewis and I bought Nike trainers in the appropriate size for about £25. £30 less than Start Rite ones.”
Asking other mums whether or not they also thought the request was unreasonable, many agreed that the nursery was being unfair, with one saying it was “None of their business.”
Getty – Contributor Many mums agreed with poster, saying that it was very unfair from the nursery
It clearly touched a nerve, as another writer told the forum that it was “very preaching and unnecessary from the nursery.”
Many other mums suggested that the school should provide vouchers for the expensive shops, if they were going to be insisting that the children wear them, writing “Unless they are subsidising then it’s very cheeky!”