Eating At School

Milton Court Primary Academy is committed to giving all our pupils a consistent message about all aspects of health to help them understand the impact of particular behaviours and encourage them to take responsibility for the choices they make.
The school supports the ‘5-A-DAY’ campaign to encourage children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which has been shown to reduce the onset of certain life-threatening conditions, as well as being helpful in tackling and preventing childhood obesity.
Milton Court Primary Academy is a healthy school. It is important that we consider all elements of our work to ensure that we promote health awareness in all members of the school community. We can provide a valuable role model to pupils and their families with regard to food and healthy-eating patterns.

Lunchtimes

Children may stay for school meals or bring a packed lunch.  The school meals are provided by Principals. The menus have been planned in accordance with the government’s guidelines on healthy eating, limiting the amount of fat, processed food and salt they may contain.

Principals pride themselves on using fresh ingredients and have a termly menu on a three weekly rotation.  Menus can be found displayed in the entrance to the school or you can access the Principals’ website:
http://principals-catering.com/
The cost of a meal per day is currently £2.30.  Please send the correct money to the school office in an envelope with your child’s name on it.  Lunches must be paid for in advance or in the morning.  Lunches cannot be provided for children for whom payment has not been received – you will need to provide a packed lunch.  If your child is not provided with a packed lunch on more than one occasion, it may be necessary to make a referral to the Educational Welfare Officer.
Parents receiving Income Support are entitled to free meals for their children and enquiries should be made in confidence to the school office.  Please note that ALL children in year R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a free hot school meal each day under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme.

Healthy LunchboxPacked Lunches

Packed lunches should be brought in a suitable container or lunch box with the child’s name on it.  We are actively encouraging the children to eat healthily and so we ask parents not to provide fizzy drinks and frozen desserts.  Please also limit the lunch box to only one chocolate biscuit.  It is helpful if food is ready to eat i.e. sandwiches and fruit already cut up.

If your child forgets a packed lunch, he/she will be given a school meal and you will be asked to send in the cost of this.

It is much easier for children to settle into our lunchtime routine if they are able to eat independently and can use a knife and fork, so we would be very grateful if you could help your child to practise this skill at home.

We have midday supervisors and play leaders on duty at lunchtime. They are trained to administer first aid. Children will be encouraged to go to one of the supervisors if they have a problem, if they have an injury or if they need a friendly chat.

If you need ideas for what to put in your child’s lunchbox follow the link below.

Links to following website:

www.school-lunch-ideas.com

 

Healthy-Snacks by Year RFood At Breaktime

Children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to free fruit which is delivered to school on a daily basis. There is a wide variety of seasonal fruit on offer and dried fruits such as mango or raisins on the first day back each term.

Children up to the age of 5 years are also entitled to free milk. If you have any queries about this then please contact our school office who will be happy to advise you.

Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack to school in the form of fruit and cereal bars. We do not allow fizzy drinks in cans or bottles and actively discourage chocolate as they have no nutritional value and can also over excite children making learning more difficult.