Eligibility for Free School Meals
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, parents/carers need to follow this link: https://lcc.cloud.servelec-synergy.com/parentportal.
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a free school meal hot meals are prepared in our school daily. Schools are legally required to provide meals that comply with the School Food Standards. These standards are intended to ensure that children get the nutrition they need across the whole school day and govern all food and drink on offer within the school. We work with local produce providers, in liaison with parents to cater for any pupils with special dietary needs. Menus are supplied to parents in advance so that meals can be pre-ordered; parents can choose not to take-up a school lunch for their child, in which case children should bring a healthy packed lunch into school. For children who bring a packed lunch into school each day, we encourage these to be healthy in content and ask parents not to include sweets, chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks. As we have children and staff who suffer from nut allergies, we also ask that no products containing nuts are included in lunch boxes.
The school participates in the Coolmilk scheme which provides free milk for children under 5. Parents can purchase subsidised milk for older children through this scheme, further details available from Coolmilk. The school will also provide milk free of charge to any child entitled to income based free school meals.
Free School Meals
Applications for free school meals may be made through a simple and confidential process. Please contact the school office for further information. Since September 2014, all primary schools will have a duty to provide a free school meal to all children in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. This is something called Universal Infant Free School Meals (often shortened to UIFSM). Registering for free school meals also means that meals will be available for any older siblings, not just those in Key Stage, 1 and will continue uninterrupted when children start Year 3.
All our children are offered a piece of fruit or vegetable at morning break time. Our children are encouraged to drink water regularly and have their own water bottle in class. Bottles are available from the school office.
Fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. Eating plenty of fruit and veg helps keep us healthy, and may reduce the risk of disease and some cancers.
There are lots of varieties of fruit and vegetables to choose from. Even if you've got a picky eater on your hands, you're bound to find something tasty your child will like!
What counts as 5 a day?
For children, the amount they should eat depends on their size and age. As a rough guide, one portion is the amount they can fit in the palm of their hand.
Children are said to be getting half their sugar intake from soft drinks and unhealthy snacks, like cakes and biscuits. It's time for some food smart choices! Too much sugar can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat around vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Having too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.
How much is too much?
4-6 year olds - 5 cubes (19 grams)
7-10 year olds - 6 cubes (24 grams)
11+ year olds - 7 cubes (30 grams)