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“Good food provision in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier children, but to improved attainment.”

 

At Freegrounds Infant School we understand a healthy balanced diet is kept to an individual fulfilling his or her full potential in life. We believe it is important to enjoy a varied and interesting diet while understanding that certain food groups should be eaten in moderation.

 

Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school but we do encourage them to take up a hot school lunch. Our hot lunches are provided by award-winning caterers HC3S, their plan is about good food and happiness. It is about the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. It is also about improving the academic performance of our children and the health of our nation.

In 2014 it was introduced for all Key Stage 1 children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are offered a hot school dinner FREE of charge.

 

If your child does prefer to bring in a packed lunch this needs to be provided in a suitable named lunchbox along with an ice pack as the school building is always warm and we do not have the facility to refrigerate all the lunches. You are encouraged to pack a healthy meal for your child. Please also note that our school is nut free so we ask that nothing containing nuts is packed in lunchboxes as this could pose a potential serious risk to a number of children that have nut allergies.

 

Should your child have a special dietary requirement please notify the school office who will be happy to assist.

 

The current menu along with menus in other languages can be found here:

Menu

 

Menu September 2020 - April 2021

Menu

 

Here are some suggestions for a lunchbox

 

 

Some families provide us with information on their data collection sheet, that their child has a beef free diet or a pork free diet. (This is a choice rather than a medical dietary requirement.) Therefore HC3S have provided us with these menus. They DO NOT offer alternative options but do state which option those following a specific diet can opt for. Below is an example of these menus

Allergies / Special Diets

If your child has a diagnosis of an allergy from their GP please complete the above form and register this with HC3S. They will then contact us with their personalised menu which we will share with you once we have received it.

For further information please visit HC3S website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/education-catering/specialdiets

 

If you have any questions on the bespoke menus you can contact HC3S on hc3sfooddevelopment@hants.gov.uk and the link to our pages about special or look at Section 12 on their web page above.

 

If you do not choose to register, you take responsibility for your child’s choice and we strongly recommend that you consult the HC3S allergy matrix. The matrix relates to the ingredients available on their current standard menu and provides information for the 14 main allergens.

Please see below our whole school food policy. 

HC3S, Your Award-Winning School Caterer

 

With over 30 years’ experience of school catering, our successful 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.

In the current climate we want to assure our schools and their communities that we have rigorous risk assessments in place to make sure our teams and the schools they serve have safe working practices. We follow Government and the Food Standard Agency and Public health advice to the letter.

We know that providing award winning meals is not enough and so at HC3S we go that step further, by helping schools and the wider community to encourage children, parents, carers to live healthy lifestyles and think sustainably. Our added value ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ resources help teachers educate children in an innovative, food related fashion that cuts across the curriculum. We are always doing our best to think sustainably ourselves, you can find out exactly what we are doing as business here: Sustainability

 

Celebrate with us throughout the academic year as we support Nutrition and Hydration Week, British Food Fortnight, and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.

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