Food and Drink
Children may bring a clear, named bottle of plain water with a ‘sports type’ top to allow regular sipping and to avoid spillage. These can be purchased from the office. These will be kept in a central place in the classroom where children have free access to them during the day.
Part of our curriculum in school encourages children to choose active, healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices about what they eat. To support this, we ask children only bring healthy snacks into school for playtime.
We have noticed recently that there has been an increase in things like chocolate and crisps being taken out for a snack. Instead of chocolate or crisps, children may bring in:
Fresh fruit or veg or snacks, ie a cereal bar, under 100 calories
This is recommended by Government initiatives. South Gloucestershire Council website has more details.
Infant School Meals
Currently, children in the EYFS and Key Stage One are provided with a school lunch under the government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative.
Free School Meals/Pupil Premium
If you receive the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and
- have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working
- Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
your child may be eligible for Free School Meals which attracts Pupil Premium funding. If your child is eligible for this funding they will be so for the duration of their time at Primary School even if your personal situation changes. As a school we are able to use this funding to provide your child with additional support according to their particular needs.
How to Apply
Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals online via the Citizen Portal, using the link below. Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.
If your children bring packed lunches, we ask that parents support us by providing their child with a balanced healthy meal.
‘NUT FREE ZONE’
Children should not bring anything to school that contains nuts. Manufacturers often use phrases such as ‘may contain’ to show that there could be small amounts of an allergen for example milk, egg, nuts etc. in a food product because it has entered the product accidentally during the production process. (www.food.gov.uk) We would ask parents to use their discretion and avoid these products where possible so as not to put other children at risk. However, the Food Standards Agency acknowledges that this label is being overused by food manufacturers unnecessarily so common sense should prevail.