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Eating Healthy foods and having a balanced diet is crucial in allowing children to develop healthy bodies and keep an active lifestyle. It will contribute to their successful learning, help maintain concentration and give them the vitamins and minerals necessary throughout the school day. At Heronswood, we value our learning and understand that it requires energy to keep our hearts beating, brains active and muscles working.
Children can choose to bring a packed lunch to school. We encourage packed lunches to be balanced and healthy. Sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed however small chocolate coated biscuits (containing NO nuts) are considered acceptable as part of a balanced lunch.
Everyone sits together in the school hall with their friends, whatever their choice of lunch. Lunch is a sociable and friendly time but we do expect high standards of behaviour and we have extremely high expectations for table manners.
We expect our parents to provide their children with a water bottle which they can use daily in school. Throughout the day children have access to their water bottles to ensure they are drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated. When children finish all of their water, they can then refill their bottles to ensure they have enough to drink. Fruit drinks and squash are allowed during lunchtimes as part of their lunches but we do encourage drinking water throughout the school day as this is the best source of hydration for children.
At break time, children are encouraged to have a snack. This snack needs to be healthy and we strongly recommend only sending fruit and vegetables into school with your child. We try to discourage our children from having unhealthy snacks which include high levels of fat and sugar. Please be aware, snacks must NOT contain nuts.
School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme
If your child is aged four to six they are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. This will provide them with one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life.
Milk is an excellent source of calcium, providing half of a child’s daily calcium requirement. As well as calcium, milk also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Potassium, Protein and Zinc.
Milk is provided free of charge for children who are under five. Charging will commence for the term following their 5th birthday. Children who are registered for free school meals are also entitled to receive free milk.
If you would like your child to have a carton of milk each day then please follow the link below or contact the school office for more information and placing orders.
“We think milk is great. A mid-morning portion of school milk provides an amazing array of natural nutrients, and it gives children an energy and hydration boost when they need it most.”