School Meals Can Help Fussy Eaters
Schools meals are a great way to improve your child’s eating habits and for them to learn about the social side of eating with their friends.
Children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, will get a free lunch at school every day. Children in Year 3 or above, depending on your circumstances, may still qualify to have school meals for free. Families can save more than £350 a year per child by accepting this free school meal.
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Please be advised that the following packed lunch items are advertised as suitable for children but actually contain too much salt, sugar and fats:
- Mini cheddars
- Capri Sun and Ribena
- Pepperami and Salami
- Dairy Lea lunchables
- Croissants and Brioche buns
- Chocolate custard
- Cheese strings
- Shop bought sandwiches
Healthy alternatives for packed lunches are:
- Low sugar jelly
- Vegetable sticks
- Water is preferable as their drink
- Cottage cheese
- Unprocessed meats such as chicken breast, gammon ham etc.
- Natural or Greek Yoghurt
As a Healthy Status school we will be monitoring lunch times closely to ensure the children are having a balanced diet in their lunches. Research has shown that a healthier diet supports the children’s concentration and energy levels.