Our school menus are provided by Essex County Council, which comply with the School Food Standards which were published in September 2014. The menus need to be balanced to meet theses government standards, and there are restrictions placed on what can and cannot be served, including the number of times per week certain foods can be offered.
School menus offer a good quality home cooked meal with ingredients sourced locally where possible, and contain a range of dishes that will assist with developing children’s eating habits and choices. Often children will be more willing to try new foods when they are with their friends than they are at home, and encouraging your child to try unfamiliar options and talking positively about new foods can support this.
Many of our youngest children have been choosing a very restricted range of food for lunch, and it has therefore been necessary to revise our menu to address both this and some concerns brought to my attention by parents. The updated menu is available on our website. I would ask parents/carers of all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to take some time to talk with your child/ren about the meals that are to be served each day and tick the box to indicate which option you would like your child/ren to receive. In order for this to work, the completed menu sheet must be in school by the start of the school day each Monday.
Parents/carers of children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are welcome to complete the menus, too; however we welcome encouraging children to increasingly make independent choices in their lunches.
If you need further information please check the website: www.schoolfoodplan.com/standards