At Cranford Park School we believe that the best option for children at lunchtimes is to have the hot school dinner, provided through our partnership with HC3S. Children are able to choose from a wide selection of meals. The cost of a meal is £2.50 for children in Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) but from September 2018 all children in YR, Y1 and Y2 have been able to have a Free School Meal. Children will be given a choice of meals during morning registration when they order their lunch. School meals must be paid for in advance. You may pay for a term, half term, week or even daily. Please use the online payment method which you can access from our home page (you will need to set this up with our office staff before using). Cheques are made payable to ‘Hampshire County Council’.
The current menus can be viewed here on the Hampshire County Council Website.
A hot school dinner can support children’s learning and health, and evidence states:
- Children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
- Chilldren make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
- Only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
- Eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the shildren learn vital skills.
HC3S provide all the nutrients that children require through the week.
Parents may choose to send a packed lunch for their child, with the following provisos:
- drinks are not brought in glass containers for safety reasons
- no fizzy drinks.
- no confectionery items are allowed
- no items containing nuts as other children within the school are allergic to contact with nuts.
Break time snacks
Children are allowed to bring in some bread or fruit for a mid-morning snack’, but crisps, cakes and chocolate biscuits are not allowed at break-time. We support the Healthy Schools Scheme and offer a mid-morning snack service of freshly baked bread, dried and fresh fruit, milk shakes and juices for around 35p. Early Years and Key Stage 1 children (YR, Y1 and Y2) are entitled to the governments free fruit scheme in school and will be given this at breaktime.
All classes have access to drinking water. Your child should bring a water bottle to school on a Monday, which can be filled in the classroom to enable them to have a drink in the classroom when needed. Research has shown that this is beneficial to children’s health and concentration. This bottle must be clear with a sports top, contain only water and can be in addition to any fruit or flavoured drink to have with their lunch.