Infant Dinner Provision: Early Years Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1
As of the 1st September 2014, as part of government Universal Free School Meals plan, all infant children aged 4-7 years (including Foundation Stage 2; Year 1 and Year 2 pupils) will be provided with a school meal free of charge.
This new government initiative is part of “The Children and Families Act 2014” and places a legal duty on all schools in England to provide free infant school meals. The act aims to support schools to ensure pupils:
- eat more healthily
- perform better academically (as a result of healthy eating)
- improve their behaviour
- improve their social skills
For further information regarding Universal Free School Meals please follow the link:
As a school we welcome this opportunity which will support schools along with parents/carers to ensure children are receiving a nutritionally balanced meal throughout the school day; ultimately this will impact on children's health, overall well-being and progress.
We hope that parents/carers of children at Milefield Primary will embrace the opportunity to be part of something which has the potential to be so valuable for children in Grimethorpe and children nationally.
Although all infant pupils will now be entitled to a school meal free of charge, all parents/carers are still required to register if their child(ren) qualify for pupil premium funding (previously known as free school meals). This is to ensure that:
1. Children still receive their free school meal entitlement as they move into KS2
2. Children receive additional funding to support their education whilst in school
Unfortunately, if parents/carers do not register, no additional funding will be provided by school to support their child(ren) and their needs. For further information or if you are unsure of whether your child qualifies for pupil premium funding please see below or alternatively contact school via the school office.
Whole School Dinner Provision
On the 1st January 2015, all schools in England will be legally required to provide school meals that comply with the School Food Standards. The new School Food Standards will replace all current guidelines and aim to ensure that children get the nutrition they need across the whole school day.
- Breakfast: Slice of Toast (Choice of white/wholemeal)
- Morning Snack: Milk - if paid for or Free School Meals
- Lunch: See menus (below) or packed lunch from home
- Afternoon Snack: Fruit (Free)
- Access to cold drinking water throughout the school day.
All children will be provided with a healthy, nutritious and balanced meal with special provision/meal options being available for:
- Children with special dietary requirements/food intolerances
- Children who are vegetarian, vegan etc.
- Children who cannot eat specific foods due to religious/cultural beliefs
If your child falls under one of the above categories please contact the school office. Alternatively, a special dietary requirement form can be downloaded here. Please be aware school may require necessary medical information or referral from a dietician/GP to ensure dietary needs are correctly met and a bespoke school meal plan is implemented.
For all other children in KS2 the cost will be £2.00 per day.
Pupil Premium Funding: Free School Meals
Free School Meals (FSM) refers to a child who receives a meal, during the school lunch hour, free of charge, paid for by the Government.
Eligability for free school meals can depend upon a number of factors and in order for a child to qualify, parents/carers must be recieving one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarenteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Taxt Credit and have a gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Free school meal applications are dealt with by Barnsley Local Authority. If you would like to find out if your child is eligable for free school meals please visit our school office and collect an application form or alternatively the same form can be downloaded following the link below:
For more information relating to free school meals and what this may mean for you and your child please click here.
At lunchtime children are supervised by dinner time staff. Our dinner supervisors encourage and support children:
- eating their meal
- with behaviour in the dining hall
- with table manners
- to join in with and play games
- to make friends and build relationships
- to play, share and cooperate
Please see Lunch menus updated September 2020 below... (Look at the dates listed on top of the menu for the week we are on)
Milk is provided for all children as part of the School Meal Plan.
However, for those parents/carers electing to take children home at lunch, milk can still be ordered directly from the dairy at a cost of £10.50 per term using the following link: www.schoolmilkuk.com
If your child is entitled to free school meals milk will be provided to them free of charge .