Eating a cooked meal together is a really important part of developing social skills and also learning to eat healthily. All of the meals provided at school are healthy, balanced and nutritious. They are cooked on the premises and offer a vegetarian and meat option. Special dietary needs can also be accommodated. All meals are accompanied by a drink of water.
Children may choose on a daily basis whether they have a school meal or a packed lunch from home.
With effect from September 2014 all Infant School children became eligible for Universal Free School Meals. This means that you do not have to pay for a school meal. HC3S the County Council's Catering Service provides the meals. To view current menus or to check eligibility for free school meals please visit the Hampshire County Council Catering Services web page.
There is a daily menu of three choices. Each choice is colour coded Red (meat), Green (vegetarian) or White (jacket potato or sandwiches in the final half of the summer term). Once your child has made their selection, they must inform their teacher at registration. This means that the kitchen can cook to order and each child should get the meal they have selected.
Please note that if your child would prefer a packed lunch, this is of course possible, however, this must be provided by you.
Lunchtimes at School
The midday break is from 11.45-12.45pm in Year R and 12.00-1.00pm in Years 1 and 2.
During the lunchtime period, the children are cared for by Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants. They will monitor what the children eat and assist in any way to ensure the children are happy during their mealtimes.
Within the lunch hour the children will also have time for play outside.
The school participates in the Government Fruit and Vegetable Scheme enabling children to have a piece of fruit or vegetable each day free of charge. This is usually accessed mid morning at break time in KS1 and at snack time in Year R.
Parents are encouraged to send in a bottle of water for their child to drink throughout the day (please make sure bottles have a sports cap top and are clearly labelled with your child's name).
Cool Milk Scheme
In line with the new Government School Food Plan our school provides a milk scheme, administered by Cool Milk, that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child. School milk is free for all under-fives. Milk is also completely free for all children entitled to Pupil Premium Free School Meals.
Each pupil that registers with Cool Milk will receive a carton of fresh semi-skimmed milk every day. This will be given at morning break.
In order to register online please visit www.coolmilk.com by a Tuesday 5.00pm for your child's milk to start the following week. If you have any queries please contact the School Office.