Hambledon Primary school is very fortunate to have its own kitchen so the children can choose either a school meal, prepared onsite by our lovely cook Mrs Boyd or a packed lunch. Children can choose daily which option they would like and if they wish can mix and match throughout the week.
We do our best to make the midday meal a relaxed social occasion and all children sit together in the hall. On dry summer days children with a packed lunch eat on the picnic benches outside
We are delighted that our school kitchen has been awarded the Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating (the maximum score available) by Hampshire County Council, in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. The School is also allergy aware and can provide meals for children with food allergies, such as nut, dairy and gluten-free diets. We also ask parents not to include foods containing nuts in lunch boxes to make the eating environment as safe as possible.
Children wanting a school meal select both their main course and dessert at the beginning of the day. Menus include two options daily, including a vegetarian option and promote Hampshire County Council’s Healthy Eating Policy. Although you can decide on the day whether you wish to have a school dinner we do ask that dinner money is paid to the School Office in advance, either weekly or monthly. The current cost of Hampshire County School meals is £2.10 per day. Menus are changed termly. Throughout the year there are opportunities to join your child for a school dinner during our termly 'Parents to Lunch Weeks' The children also enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner.
We encourage you to pack your child a healthy and realistic-sized lunch. Please include a spoon for potted yogurts and if possible peel fruit ready to eat. We ask you not to include fizzy drinks or sweets. Please do not include any nut-based food in packed lunches.
School milk is provided in Early Years. It is available free of charge until your child’s fifth birthday after which there is a charge (currently £15.00 per term). It is optional whether your child has milk. All children have access to water throughout the day.
You do not need to provide snacks for your child. All children in Year R and Key Stage 1 are offered fruit each morning as part of the Government's ‘Fruit for Schools’ initiative.
Free School Meals and milk
Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools will receive a free school lunch from September 2014.
The government will fund schools in England to provide every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 with a hot, nutritious meal at lunch time. The aim is to improve academic attainment and save families money .
Key Stage 2-
Children are entitled to free school meals and / or milk if their families are in receipt of the following.
•Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
•Child Tax Credit based on a maximum annual salary