Food in School

A healthy eating policy to help our children to thrive.

COVID-19

All food will be eaten outside or in classrooms if weather is poor.

Reopening after lockdown, children will not be eating in the hall and will be sat outside or at individual tables. We are not providing cooked lunches but Edsential will provide a free packed lunch to those children in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and in EYFS, Year 1 and 2 who are entitled to universal FSM. For children in years 3-6 you can also buy a packed lunch from Edsential for the same cost as a school meal.

Children bringing a packed lunch from home should preferably be in paper (or plastic) bags rather than lunchboxes. This reduces risk of the lunchbox coming home to you.

We use School Gateway for parents to pay for school meals. If you need details of setting up an account, please contact the school office.

Children up to the age of 5 receive milk daily, free, funded by the European Union.

school FOOD and snacks

Common sense and science tell us that children eating a healthy diet learn better and thrive. Our healthy eating policy supports learning, achievement and the National Obesity Strategy.

The Universal Free School Meals programme has increased the number of children entitled to a free school meal and we recommend that families take advantage of a home cooked free lunch for children in Reception through to year 2.

Free School Meals are currently provided for all children in Reception to the end of year 2. I

However, if you are entitled to free school meals because of low income it is really important that you still apply online. Then we will receive additional Pupil Premium funding for your child and you will be entitled to a one-off uniform grant as well as other benefits (financial support for clubs and contributions for trips and residential visits).

(Almost) Everything in Moderation

Fridays are a treat day and is the only day children may bring a packet of crisps or biscuit for snack or packed lunch. Other Friday treats are cakes and biscuits with school lunches.

Breakfast

Snacks

  • Reception have a snack during the morning session at the 'snack shack.'

  • Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 have a piece of free fruit mid-morning.

  • Children in Key Stage 2 (years 3-6) may bring a piece of fruit or healthy snack from home.

  • Our policy is that this is that snacks from home must support our healthy eating policy e.g. fruit, bread sticks or a cereal bar (no nuts). Minimizing packaging is good for the environment too. Crisps are permitted on Fridays as a treat.

Good Manners

The overwhelming majority of children should arrive in school able to use a knife and fork to eat. Being able to cut up your own food increases independence and enjoyment of lunch. Putting your knife and fork together to signal they have finished eating is a good skill to learn for every time you eat in a cafe, restaurant or when good manners count. Eating with your mouth closed is more pleasant for those eating with you and eating over your plate reduces the mess on the floor. Good manners help yourself and other people and are an important part of learning to be pro social and independent.

From September 2020, children will be eating in their classroom, other than Reception who will eat lunch in the hall. Usually, children would come in to lunch with their year group and sit on tables of six. Packed lunches sit on different tables because, not having to queue, they finish earlier and we expect children to remain with their six until all have finished. Children then clear their plates and return to their table to wipe it down with a cloth and brush up any food their group have dropped on the floor.

From September 2020 menus have been adapted for eating in classrooms. This will remain under review. We are delighted that Edsential are now using sustainable palm oil.

Healthy Eating

School meals conform to nutritional standards so you know your child is getting a balanced meal. They also encourage children to try new foods and be less fussy. Following a parent/carer survey where 80% supported healthier lunches, from September 2020 children will have a choice of fruit or yoghurt dessert Monday-Thursday with a choice of cakes and biscuits on Fridays.

Paying for Food

A cashless payment system can be topped-up using School Gateway online or by a cheque to made payable to Cheshire West and Chester. If possible please avoid sending in cash. Snacks and meals should be paid for in advance. C children in receipt of free school meals (including all children from Reception - Year 2) have their lunch account topped up automatically.

packed lunches & Food from home

To conform to our Healthy Eating policy a healthy packed lunch should include the following:

  • Vitamins, minerals and fibre - fresh fruit, dried fruit and/or raw vegetables

  • Carbohydrates - bread, crackers, breadsticks - aim for low in sugar and salt

  • Protein - pulses, cheese, fish or meat

  • A drink - fresh fruit juice or water (no sugary or fizzy drinks please)

A good rule of thumb: less packaging = less processed = healthier.

Drinks and Sweets

  • Children can bring water in a water bottle (please wash out and fill up daily at home).

  • No flavoured drinks, or canned/fizzy drinks, sweets (including cough sweets), chocolate bars and chewing gum).

Palm Oil Journey.pdf

Allergies - a Nut-Free School

If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance we can make reasonable adjustments if informed and advised by a suitably qualified health professional. Safeguarding procedures do not permit us to take the word of any person who is not a qualified health professional working in a professional capacity with the child.

Some children in our school have severe nut allergies so no nuts or products containing nuts please. Some products are labelled 'may contain nuts.' These labels are precautionary and are permitted.

Allergen and Intolerance Procedure.pdf
Edsential Allergen Poster[3] updated September 2018.pdf

Birthday Treats

While we celebrate and wish children a happy birthday, from September 2020, we don't distribute bags of sweets or cake to classes. Some children have allergies or are intolerant to some foods. Also with thirty in a class this can be a lot of sweets over a year. Sugary food is known to be bad for health and teeth and should be eaten in moderation.