Instead of having a school meal children may bring their own packed lunch, which is eaten inside or outside, like a picnic, if the weather is fine and sunny.
We would however ask that you ensure the contents of your child’s lunch box are in line with NHS's healthy eating principles below. Please note, due to some children having severe allergies, we are a nut free school.
We ask that packed lunches be in a small lunch box, labelled with your child’s name and class. Drinks should be non-fizzy and in a leak proof, safe, non-glass container.
We would also ask that Babybel cheeses be unwrapped before they are sent to school as the wax casing is very difficult to remove from the hall floor if dropped.
Chocolate bars and sweets are not permitted.
Due to the risk of choking, can we please ask that if you are providing your child with grapes, they are cut in half lengthways.
Why are grapes so dangerous?
The size and shape of grapes means they can completely plug a child’s airway. And the tight seal produced by the grape’s smooth surface makes them difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to choking on grapes because:
Healthier lunchboxes - NHS Advice for Parents
School meals are a great choice for your child, but if you choose to make a packed lunch for them instead here are some tips for preparing a healthier lunchbox.
A healthier lunchbox should:
The Eatwell Guide shows you how to have a healthy balanced diet and can help you decide what to put in your child's lunchbox.
Find healthy lunchbox ideas at Change4Life.
Keep them fuller for longer
Base the lunchbox on foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Choose wholegrain where you can.
Mix your slices
If your child doesn't like wholegrain, try making a sandwich from one slice of white bread and one slice of wholemeal/brown bread.
Freeze your bread
Keep a small selection of bread in the freezer. Make lunchboxes more interesting by using different shapes, like bagels, pittas and wraps, and different types of bread, such as granary, wholemeal and multi-grain.
Wraps and pots of fillings can be more exciting for kids when they get to put them together. Dipping foods are also fun and make a change from a sandwich each day.
Cut down on the spread used and try to avoid using mayonnaise in sandwiches.
Cut back on fat
Pick lower fat sandwich fillings, such as lean meats (including chicken or turkey), fish (such as tuna or salmon), reduced-fat cream cheese, and reduced-fat hard cheese.
Always add salad to sandwiches – it all counts towards your child's 5 A DAY.
Always add veg
Cherry tomatoes, or sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers all count towards their 5 A DAY. Adding a small pot of reduced-fat hummus or other dips may help with getting kids to eat vegetables.
Cut down on crisps
If your child really likes their crisps try reducing the number of times you include them in their lunchbox and swap for homemade plain popcorn or plain rice cakes instead.
Add bite-size fruit
Try chopped apple, peeled satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes or melon slices to make it easier for them to eat. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop it from going brown.
Potted fruit counts
A small pot of fruit in juice – not syrup – is perfect for their lunchbox and is easily stored in the cupboard.
Swap the fruit bars
Dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas and dried apricots are not only cheaper than processed fruit bars and snacks but can be healthier too. Remember to keep dried fruit to mealtimes as it can be bad for your child's teeth.
Watch the teeth!
Dried fruit counts towards your 5 A Day, but can stick to teeth so should only be eaten at mealtimes to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Go low fat and lower sugar
Go for low-fat and lower sugar yoghurt or fromage frais and add your own fruit.
Check your cheese
Cheese can be high in fat and salt so choose stronger-tasting ones – and use less of it – or try reduced-fat varieties of cheese.
Get them involved
Get your kids involved in preparing and choosing what goes in their lunchbox. They are more likely to eat it if they helped make it.
Variety is the spice of lunchboxes!
Be adventurous and get creative to mix up what goes in their lunchbox.