It is proven that pupils who have good, healthy diets, particularly during the school day, are more productive and more able to focus. Please feel free to read the information below about meals and snacks in school.
School Meals are provided by Darlington Borough Council and cost £2.10 per day which is £10.50 per week and payable each Monday through our online payment system School Gateway APP or website.
There are certain ground rules which we must apply for the smooth running of the school and the health and safety of the children. We must be given at least half a terms notice if you wish your child to change over from School Meal to Packed Lunch or Packed Lunch to School Meal. This gives notice to our Cook who must place her provisions order in advance. All changes will commence on a Monday.
You can also download the menu rotations supplied by our school meal providers.
School Menu – Menu will commence on Week 2 – Monday 8th March 2021
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Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child state that:
“every child has he right to the best possible health. This includes access to clean water and nutritious food.”
All school meals providers follow the government guidelines for food in school .
From September 2014, all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for universal infant free school meals. (UIFSM)
Free school meals (FSM) will also continue to be available to pupils (including infants) whose parents receive certain benefits and who are registered to receive one. Because the pupil premium funding school receives is allocated on pupils entitled to free school meals whose parents receive certain benefits it is ESSENTIAL these parents continue to register with school even though all reception and key stage one pupils will receive a free school meal under the UIFSM scheme. If you think you might be eligible please complete the form and we will check.
Application forms for free school meals can be completed here or are available from the school office.
We must have a minimum half a term written notice if you wish to start with packed lunches and a minimum half a term notice is you wish to discontinue and start again with school meals. Any changes will commence on a Monday. To make changes please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your child must bring his/her snack in a name labelled standard container.
Cold packed lunches can be sent it to school. The packed lunches are not kept in a chilled environment so we recommend that children do not bring pork pies, yogurt or items which could melt. Sweets, hot food & drinks, or fizzy drinks must not be included in packed lunches. No cans, glasses or flasks, or containers your child cannot manipulate unaided.
We also must insist that children do not bring NUTS or Nutella to school in packed lunch or for snack because of the risk to our children with NUT allergies.
Guidelines and suggestions for creating for healthy packed lunches are available on the following websites:
At Whinfield Primary School we think it is important to teach children about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and that incorporates having a healthy diet. As Part of the PSHE and HRE curriculum, children learn about a healthy balanced diet and the 5 main food groups. We believe that both children having school dinners and those bringing a packed lunch should be offered a healthy balanced meal.
What We Teach
Through PSHE and HRE lessons children are taught about a healthy balanced diet.
These objectives are from the statutory guidance for Health and Relationships Education. (HRE)
To know what constitutes as a healthy diet (including understanding calories and other nutritional content).
To know the principles of planning and preparing a range of healthy meals.
To know the characteristics of a poor diet and risks associated with unhealthy eating (including, for example, obesity and tooth decay) and other behaviours (e.g. the impact of alcohol on diet or health).
To help teach these objectives we use the NHS eat well guide, sometimes in a pyramid format.
We also use the advice from Change 4 Life, which offers tips and advice for having a healthy lunch box.
Packed Lunch Guidelines for Children, Parents and Staff.
Guidelines for Parents
Follow the advice for a healthy balanced meal and tips from change 4 life when planning and preparing packed lunch boxes.
A healthy balanced meal can include a treat such a cake or biscuit but this should only make up a small portion of the overall meal. Usually, if an item is found within a ‘biscuit aisle’ of a supermarket and is of a reasonable size then it is acceptable to include. This could mean small biscuit or cake bar varieties of popular chocolate brands would be acceptable for example Milky Way cake bars.
No sweets or chocolate bars are to be included in a packed lunch. For example things like Haribo, Chewits, Starburst, Mars bars, Snickers, Milkyway, Bounty etc should be kept as a treat for after school.
No hot food to be included as a flask can pose a risk to health and safety.
No nuts of any kind allowed to protect children with allergies.
Guidelines for Staff
Help children to open packaging when necessary.
Provide extra cutlery when necessary.
If staff become concerned about the content of a lunch box they are to monitor over a period of a week. If over that week they feel that the packed lunch is unsuitable they should contact the parents and discuss those concerns.
Food will not be taken away from a child (exception being nuts).
Choices deemed as unhealthy will not be discussed with the child. As mentioned above the staff will monitor and discuss with parents if required.
Yogurt pots or other messy rubbish can be disposed of in the school bin.
Uneaten food must remain in the lunch box so that parents can monitor their child’s eating habits.
Guidelines for Children
You may ask for help to open any tricky packets or pots.
You may ask for cutlery if you have forgotten your own.
You may ask the lunchtime supervisors for a glass of water or milk if you would like one.
You may put your ‘messy rubbish’ in the school bin.
Take any uneaten food home. Your parents and teachers want to keep you healthy and this helps them to see what you have eaten and plan for what other foods your body might need.
Leave sweets and chocolate bars at home for treats.
Encouraging Health Eating
At Whinfield we want our children to be able to make good decisions about their health and believe that promoting a healthy balanced diet and teaching them ways to make good choices will benefit them now and in the future.
Continue to plan and teach effective lessons to achieve the objectives set out by the statutory guidance.
Displays promoting healthy eating will be visible in/on entry to both dining halls. These will include information about the NHS Eat Well Plate and advice from Change 4 Life. Also included will be a healthy lunch or dinner suggestion with recipes for the children to take home.
Teach children how to make healthy recipes through adult volunteers and parent sessions. Parents and children will be invited to take part in healthy eating parent sessions.
Parent helpers will be invited in to make healthy recipes with groups of children.
Lunchtime Play Leaders:
Teachers are not on duty at lunch times. It is essential that children accept and respect the authority of our Play Leaders who are trained to supervise and play games with our children. Children who persistently misbehave at lunch times may need to have alternative arrangements made for their supervision during this time.
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