School Meals at Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Primary School
When your children start at Primary School for the first time it is an important and time for your child. It is an opportunity to encourage children to eat healthy options and a variety of different foods. The school is fortunate in having it’s own cooking team lead by Mrs Turner. She is supported by the fully trained catering staff and prepares meals which are put together by the East Yorkshire Council, who prepare healthy and tempting menus that meet current nutritional guidelines.
The aim is for children to have a pleasing, positive experience where they enjoy a range of healthy food in a safe and nurturing environment. The school hot menu is a single choice menu, offering vegetarian or a meat meal. The menu is offered on a 3 week cycle, changed each term. There are also cold options for children on free school meals, who do not require a hot meal.
Vegetarian meals are available provided prior notification of your child’s dietary requirements is given. It is not possible to choose between meat and vegetarian options on a daily basis.
Parents can make payment for school meals via the internet using Parent Pay. Login details are available once your child has been admitted to the school. Payment for school meals is collected on a Monday, in advance either weekly, half termly or per term. The cost of a meal is £2.20.
During the lunchtime break the children are supervised by Midday Supervisors, under the direction of a Senior Midday Supervisor, Mrs Tomlinson. Nearly all midday supervisors are first aid trained and are able to deal with incidents that occur during lunchtime.
Where children prefer to bring a packed lunch to school, a beaker of water is provided, but children can bring an alternative drink in a plastic bottle or paper carton. Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Primary School prides itself on promoting healthy eating and therefore do not allow fizzy drinks, drinks in glass bottles, energy drinks, chocolate bars or sweets in packed lunches.
Co-operation is requested on ensuring Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Primary School remains a NUT FREE ENVIRONMENT due to children and staff in school suffering from life threatening allergies.
Free School Meals – If you think that your child may be entitled to free school meals please contact ERYC, housing and benefit office. An individual request must be made for each of your children.
Universal Free School Meals
From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible for Universal Free School Meals.
However, we would kindly ask you to still apply for Free School Meals, should you be entitled if you are in receipt of one or more of the listed benefits:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2010 does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit -during the four-week period immediately after your employment ceases, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to free school lunches
- Universal Credit – Please view information on Universal Credit
In December 2014, The EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) came into force.
As a school we will be required to keep records of all allergens used in school to which children could come into contact.
School’s catering team now need to provide information about 14 allergenic ingredients used in the foods that are provided within the school. Food allergens cannot be removed by cooking that’s why it is essential to check and ask for allergen information to make sure that the food your child eats is safe for them.
Food allergens can be life threatening. If your child has a food allergy, the only way you can manage it is to avoid the foods that make them ill. Please speak to the admin team if you have any concerns about the food that your child is eating at school.
Key stage 1 children receive a piece of fruit or vegetable, provided by the local authority, each morning break.
Key stage 2 children are invited to bring a healthy (nut free) snack, consisting of a piece of fruit, vegetable or slice of bread and butter. In order to support the School’s Healthy Eating programme, confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits, savoury snacks such as crisps or sweets will not be allowed.