If you do decide to provide your child with a lunchbox instead of a school meal we ask you to ensure it is a healthy and nutrious meal. We recommend following the NHS Choices guidance: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/childhealth6-15/Pages/Lighterlunchboxes.aspx which we have summarised below:
Packed lunches should include:
- At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
- Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, and falafel) every day.
- Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
- A starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
- Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard every day.
- Water only, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies
Packed lunches should not include:
- Snacks such as crisps. Instead, include seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat). Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food are also a good choice.
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets. Cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal.
- Meat products such as sausage rolls.
Packed lunches will be regularly reviewed by teaching staff/catering staff/midday meal supervisors/pre-identified pupil packed lunch helpers. If a child regularly brings a packed lunch that does not offer a healthy balanced diet then the school will contact the parents to discuss this. Please note that pupils with special diets will be given due consideration.