Published on October 12, 2014
What are the benefts o my child taking a School Meal? A reshly prepared, healhy and nuriionally-balanced meal provides more (and beter) nuriion han he majoriy o packed lunches. Children who have a balanced meal a lunchime concenrae beter and are more recepive during afernoon lessons. Siting down and eaing a meal ogeher helps children develop social and inerpersonal skills, and hey ase grea! My child is a really ussy eater, how do I know there will be something they like? In our experience mos children can be quie ussy. Our menus have a mea and vegearian choice each day, and here is even a jacke poao opion, ollowed by a asy desser. Tere is also a selecion o salads, wholemeal bread, rui, cheese & crackers and assored yoghurs and drinks, so here’s pleny o choice. We encourage children o ry new dishes, vegeables and ruis o exend heir palaes because eaing a school meal is also abou learning abou ood and wha a healhy die should consis o. My child has a special diet - can you still cater or this? Yes. I your child has special dieary needs, we can sill provide a meal. We have experience o caering or a wide range o special dies including diabeic, coeliac, low a, low proein, lacose inolerances, egg ree and ohers. Please ring us on 0800 169 2780 o discuss your needs. Who will receive a ree school meal? All children in recepion, year 1 and year 2 in sae-unded schools in England are now eligible or FREE school meals, including pupils in inan and primary schools, ree schools, academies, schools or pupils wih special educaional needs and pupil reerral unis. Free school meals will also coninue o be available o pupils whose parens receive cerain benes and who are regisered o receive one. Why are ree school meals or all inant pupils being introduced? Te governmen is unding schools in England o provide every child in recepion, year 1 and year 2 wih a nuriious meal a lunch ime. Te aim is o improve academic atainmen and save amilies money. Do schools have to provide ree school meals or all inants? Yes. Tis is now a legal requiremen. My child already qualifes or a ree meal - do I need to do anything? Yes. I’s sill imporan o sign up or ree school meals because regisering migh allow your child’s school o access exra money rom cenral governmen o und exra uiion, eaching assisans or afer-school clubs. Even i you don’ wan your child o receive a ree meal, we’d sill encourage you o regiser so ha heir school receives as much unding as possible! Regisering is quick and easy, simply conac he Revenue and Benes Service, Civic Cenre, Gaeshead who will help you regiser. elephone 0191 4333729, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or logon o www.gaeshead.gov.uk/benes.