Healthy Eating and Lunch Menu
At Windlesham Village Infant School, we believe in encouraging a healthy approach to eating.
Milk and Snacks
Before morning break children are given a fruit or vegetable snack and a drink of water or milk. Parents can sign up for their child to receive a carton of milk from Cool Milk which is free for children under the age of 5 and then at a cost of 22p per day. You can pay for milk online at www.coolmilk.com.
We encourage children to drink water throughout the day and provide water stations for this.
Children can have a cooked school meal, bring a packed lunch from home or a combination of both based on a set weekly pattern which can change from week to week.
A delicious range of school meals are cooked on-site daily by our cook. They meet the national standard for school lunches, and offer a balance and nutritious meal. Each contains:
- One portion of fruit
- One portion of vegetable
- One serving of milk or a dairy item
- One serving of meat, fish or other protein source
- One serving of starchy food such as bread, pasta or rice.
In September 2014, the government introduced universal free school meals for all infant school pupils so all of our pupils are entitled to receive a complimentary cooked meal.
Pupils who were formerly eligible to receive free school meals may still attract additional funding (known as Pupil Premium) for the school. To establish eligibility we would ask that you complete the form in your welcome pack and return it to the school office.
We are proud to have been awarded the Healthy School Award and our kitchen has been awarded a food for life bronze catering mark and a food hygiene rating of 5.
Healthy Packed Lunches
For those not wanting a school cooked meal, children are able to bring a packed lunch – we encourage them to be healthy packed lunches as we see these as being vital for getting children through the school day and instilling good eating habits for life. The Food Standards Agency has put together an advice document for parents called 'Feeding Your Growing Child'.
Please do not give your child fizzy drinks and foods high in salt and saturated fat such as sweets, cakes and crisps. We are a nut free school and we insist that parents do not include any nuts or items containing nuts within their child’s lunch box. This is to ensure the health and welfare of children with allergies. Remember to clearly label your child's lunch box and food/drink containers with their full name.
'Gold' Food Award
The school lunches provided by our caterer, Surrey Commercial Services, have been awarded a 'Gold' Food for Life Served Here award by the Soil Association. The award recognises our dedication to providing meals that not only meet the national School Food Standards, but that are also fresh, local and honest.
You can find out more about the award here: www.foodforlife.org.uk/servedhere and win educational food prizes for our school by searching the online school food map here. Please do take a look and learn more about the quality of meals on offer at lunchtime across the country and help us to win these fantastic prizes.