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Meals provided by Havering Catering Services are excellent quality and value for money. They follow the Department for Education and Skills food standard guidelines and provide a wide range of dishes to tempt your child’s taste buds through a balanced and nutritious menu. Menus are on display in school and tickets for school dinners may be purchased online. The price of a meal from September 2016 is £2.20. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are all entitled to free school meals funded by the Government.
In September 2007, new food based standards for school lunches were introduced. We have used the new standards to put together this guidance to help you provide healthy packed lunches for your child. A copy of the Government’s new Food Standards for Food in School is available in the school office and can be downloaded from: http://www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/UploadDocs/Library/ Documents/School-food-trust.pdf
Packed lunches should include the following:
Meat, fish or a non-dairy source of protein
Starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, millet, cornmeal and other cereals
At least one portion of a vegetable or salad
Milk or dairy food
At least one portion of fruit.
Break-time Snacks and Drinks
Milk is available through a Government scheme which parents pay directly to Cool Milk – details are available online www.coolmilk.co.uk. Children under 5 and those in receipt of free school meals receive free milk.
Fresh water is available for use by the children throughout the day. No other drinks will be allowed in classrooms but children may bring a bottle or carton to drink with their lunch. These should be stored on their class lunch trolley at the beginning of the day.
In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, children are provided with a piece of fruit or a vegetable each day during morning break, funded by the government.
In Years 3-6, children are allowed to bring in fruit or vegetables from home for break-time. These should be labelled and put in the class basket daily, not left in their packed lunch bag as this can cause disruption at playtime.
Please note, WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL. We have pupils who have severe nut allergies which can be life threatening so no products containing nuts can be brought into school. Thank you for your cooperation.