Eating at School Our Philosophy We believe that lunchtimes and eating a hot nutritious meal is one of the most important parts of the day. We know that what children eat plays an important part in their wellbeing and a positive relationship with food and healthy eating will set them on the right track for later life. Lunch times are a key time for our nursery and reception children to sit down and eat together with staff as a socially enjoyable occasion. We encourage children to take the hot meal and all children in Reception receive a FREE HOT MEAL funded by the Government. We want our children to have a independent dining experience – similar to that at home or when out at a café or restaurant. Our Caterers will work closely with school staff and pupils to ensure a whole school approach to food, activities and health education. Health Education Our school meals are provided by Academy. The kitchen team work closely with school staff and pupils to ensure a whole school approach to the food, activities and health education that is delivered. We have access to the company Nutritionist and Academy provide opportunities to enrich our Healthy Eating education. Our Offer We have a three-weekly cycle of menus. There is Bread and a varied choice of salads daily and a choice of desserts. Milk and water are both available. Special Themed menus are planned throughout the year to link in with religious festivals and curriculum events. Lunch Menu Theme Days Throughout the year we run a number of special menu days. Free School Meals Reception children automatically receive a free meal by the government as part of the Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme. Allergens and Dietary Advice We understand that some parents and children can feel anxious or worried about lunchtimes so we will all work closely together to resolve this. Academy’s nutritionist is able to provide advice and support to anyone that requires it. Please contact us if you would like to know more. If you have any feedback, comments or questions or would like support regarding your child’s allergies or special dietary requirements then please email the Catering Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can contact the School’s Office Co-ordinator at email@example.com.