School Meals, Snacks & Milk
We have our own kitchens at Bernards Heath and every lunch time we serve a variety of school meals – a meat or vegetarian hot meal and a school prepared packed lunch. From September 2014, new regulations come into force about school meals for Infant School aged children and every child in Foundation Stage 2 (Reception), Year 1 and Year 2 will be able to have a school meal free of charge.
Lunch time runs from 11.50 am until 1.10 pm, dependent on the children’s class. The children eat their lunch in the dining hall and are supervised by Lunchtime Assistants. After lunch, the children go outside for some exercise and play before they return to their classrooms.
We offer a pupil choice menu system whereby you choose with your child what he/she will eat on a three week rolling programme. You can choose between a school prepared hot meal with meat, a hot vegetarian meal or a school prepared packed lunch.
We are encouraging all parents to take advantage of the free meals but if you so choose, you can send in a packed lunch made at home. All packed lunches should be brought in a packed lunch box with your child’s name clearly marked on it. We have a school packed lunch policy which informs parents of the need for a healthy lunch for all children at our school. See the policies section of the website for more details.
We employ ‘Nurture Group’ leaders who work at lunchtimes. Their role is to focus on any children who may find the lunch hour long or the ‘big’ playground challenging. They liaise with the staff to ensure the children all have happy playtimes. Always come and talk to us about any issues your child may have at lunchtimes.
Snacks at School
The school provides and offers all children a drink and a snack every day. They are offered milk or water and a piece of fruit or vegetable from the Hertfordshire Free Fruit for Schools Scheme. We encourage the children to try these snacks and most children find them very enjoyable! If your child has any allergies, it is important that you tell us in writing.
Milk at School
All children can have milk at school and depending on the age of your child, it might even be free. We have three milk fridges to keep the milk nice and chilled. Children only drink milk or water at school.