Universal Free School Meals
All 4-7 year olds are entitled to receive a free hot meal at lunchtime each day. Children have their mid-day meal in the hall supervised by the Midday Supervisory Assistants. The menu provided by HC3S offers a choice of three meals, one meat (red), one vegetarian (green) and a seasonal option (purple). The children choose and their meal in class each morning.
If your child is not having a hot meal, they can bring a lunchbox. Please see below for what can be included.
If your child has a medically diagnosed food allergy, HC3S are able to provide a special diet menu.
Please register and create an account via the online portal at https://specialdiets.hants.gov.uk/
Pupil Premium Free School Meals
A child is eligible for free school meals if their parent or carer receives one or more of the following benefits:
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, the school will receive additional money under the 'Pupil Premium' funding. To find out if your child is eligible, please follow the link https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/freeschoolmeals/juniorsecondary and click on "check to see if you are eligible for free school meals". It's a really simple process; you will be asked for your national insurance number and date of birth and you will be given a quick answer.
With over 30 years of successful school catering experience, our ethos is to provide healthy, local, responsible sourced food that children love. Our tasty, freshly cooked, nutritious dishes help your children flourish and reach their potential. As part of a balanced diet, our lunches provide a third of a child’s daily calorie intake, to aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.
We know that providing award-winning meals isn’t enough and so at HC3S we go that step further, by helping schools and the wider community to encourage children, parents and carers to live healthy lifestyles and think sustainably.
That’s why our ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and Cook, Eat, Educate programmes are fun, engaging and available in your area. We also offer healthy eating sessions at school in collaboration with Public Health England. Our added value ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ resources help teachers educate your children in an innovative, food related fashion that cuts across the curriculum.
Where opportunity arises, and in a Covid-safe environment, we bring live cooking and food related workshops to the classrooms. Sometimes, through partnerships with our suppliers and other local food organisations, this maybe outside of the classroom, creating sensory-filled memorable experiences.
Celebrate with us throughout the academic year as we support, VegPower’s Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign encouraging children to eat more vegetables, Nutrition and Hydration Week and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.
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Unfortunately due to changing extra elements in the lunch, the picnic lunch is not an option for children with special/allergy menus. They may however choose a Jacket Potato with a filling as stated on their personal menu.
Children not taking the free school meal, may bring a packed lunch (no sweets, peanuts/peanut spread or chocolates please). Water is available for children to drink, but children who have a packed lunch may bring a drink in a carton, plastic flask or plastic bottle. We have found drinks in small plastic bottles with a screw top lid are leak proof and therefore most sensible.
Healthy eating is promoted in School with mid-morning snacks of fruit and vegetables provided through the County Fruit and Vegetable scheme.
Morning milk is also available for free until your child's 5th birthday then there is a small fee. Please register and pay for milk via the Cool Milk Link above. (when starting in Year R, please inform us of any milk allergies before the start of term)
Every child is given a water bottle (funded by the PTA) when they start school and learn it is their responsibility to bring it every day and drink water throughout the day. Please note NO fruit or fizzy or juice drinks are allowed in children’s water bottles and the school reserves the right to change contents of water bottles should this rule be broken. If for medical reasons an alternative drink is provided by the home, a letter should be submitted to the school with supporting evidence from a GP.