At Meldreth Primary School children may book a school dinner, bring a packed lunch or go home at lunchtime.
The Government have recognised that good food at school is particularly valuable for the youngest of our children and have therefore introduced a free meal for infants as a new legal duty for schools to deliver. All children attending school in their first three years of school will be entitled to free school meals. By receiving our infant school meals you can save up to £400 a year and ensure your child is eating a healthy, balanced meal every day.
There are very high nutritional standards for school meals and they consistently offer children a third of their nutritional requirements every day which is essential to their growth and development. Having a meal at school has been proven to help children settle to learning quicker, improve their concentration and help with their energy levels to get them through an active school day.
Working with CCS, the catering company who supply our hot meals, the freshly made meals are cooked on our premises each day and always include a vegetarian option. Fresh fruit and vegetables alongside access to the salad bar is a priority for our children. The meals have been designed for nutritional balance and, where possible, the school will cater for those children with allergies.
Information about the school meal menus can be found below
School meals are £2.25 per day. Payment for meals for children in Years 3 to 6 should be made to the Finance Office, on the first day of the week or the first day of term/half-term. Please place payment in a sealed envelope marked ‘School Dinners’ and write the name of your child and their class clearly on the outside. Please use www.parentpay.com to pay for your child(ren)'s school meals. Cash or cheque can also be used (payable to Meldreth Primary School.)
Parents in receipt of Family Income Support can apply for free school meals; please ask for details at the school office or click on the link below.
Except in cases of emergency, children must choose either school dinners or a packed lunch for one whole week at a time. We require one week’s notice in writing, for any change in your usual arrangements; this will help greatly with administration and accounting.
Children having a packed lunch should be able to deal with any packaging independently. Containers should be clearly named. Please do not send fizzy drinks, cans or glass bottles, a straw or plastic cup is better. Ensure that the contents in your child’s packed lunch are as healthy as possible – we are a healthy school.
As part of our continuous striving to improve school meals we have introduced a new and improved system into school to provide better and easier choices for children at lunchtimes. Our menus are available via the School website using the link below – this gives you an opportunity to discuss your child’s meal preferences.
To compliment this new system we have introduced a coloured wristband system which will ensure children get the meal of their choice on a daily basis and bring a more relaxed and fun element to lunchtime arrangements whilst at the same time encouraging independence and less food wastage.
How the system works:
- At morning registration, children on school dinners will be asked for their choice of savoury meal by their teachers
- Depending on their choice, children will be given a coloured wristband to wear as they line up for lunch.
- When children line up for their lunch the children swap their wristband for their choice of savoury meal (dependent upon their coloured wristband) and they will be able to choose a dessert and drink.
We are an accredited National Healthy School and are committed to promoting and monitoring healthy food at break and lunch times. You may like your child to have a mid-morning snack. We welcome fruit and vegetables, and would ask you not to send your child with chocolate, crisps or sweets of any kind.
Children in the Robin, Jay and Kingfisher classes are provided with fruit every day as part of the National Fruit Scheme.
Research shows that our brains need water to stay active and alert. All children are encouraged to bring water into school daily, in a spillproof plastic bottle that they can take home at night to rinse and refill.