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.