Free School Meals, supports classroom learning too!

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Free School Meals, supports classroom learning too!

As you are probably aware from September 2014 Universal Free School Meals (UIFSM) are available for every child in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and up until your child leaves Year 2.  So there will be no more paying for their school meals or worrying about what to put in their pack up. All children in these age groups will receive a nutritious meal every lunch time.

It’s great news for children and families and the health benefits of giving our children a nutritious lunch every day are clear. We know that when children eat better they do better. A nutritious school lunch is a big step towards making sure children grow up fit and healthy and achieve their full potential at school.

Firstly families will save both money, approximately £400 a year, and time without the cost of school meals or making expensive packed lunches.

Secondly the two course menu must meet the government’s school food standards and so healthy meals and snacks such as low fat milk, fruit and vegetables will be available every day.

And last but not least it’s been shown when children eat a healthy, nutritious lunch their concentration and learning is better in the afternoon. It also has the added benefit of teaching children more about social interaction and encouraging them to try new and exciting foods.

For those parents who have children with specific food allergies, intolerances or cultural needs there might be some concern. However, don’t worry this initiative is for ALL children so simply contact our school office to make them aware of your medical allergies and discuss how your child can enjoy free school meals along with all their class mates.

Older Children Can Still Benefit from Free School Meals

By signing your child up for Universal Infant Free School Meals you’re ensuring they receive a healthy, nutritious meal every day.

Older children in Years 3, 4 5, and 6 can continue to enjoy Free School Meals healthy, nutritious meal every day if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

It is extremely important to sign up for Free School Meals using the log in below if you are in receipt of any of the above benefits.  This is because we as a school are given extra money to use as required on the children’s learning, according to the number of parents who register their eligibility.

The fewer people who sign up who are entitled to free school meals,
the less money we have to use on your children’s education.

If you think you are eligible please log on to register:

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals