School Lunches and Milk
Free School Meal Update - January 2021 - National Lockdown
If your child is eligible for free school meals then the government has stated they will not go without during this second period of school closure. The Department for Education (DfE) is allowing schools to decide whether eligible families receive supermarket vouchers or food packages sent home. We at Tidcombe, alongside all 18 schools which from part of St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust, have made a decision to work with our catering partner Fresha to deliver healthy, nutritious and responsibly sourced food packages. We are proud to continue providing high quality meals for your child/children whilst supporting this local business.
Current School Lunch Arrangements
If your child is in Reception, year 1 or year 2 they can be provided with a free meal under the universal infant meal scheme. If your child is in Years 3-6 you can pay online for a meal in the usual way – we no longer take cash in the office.
Meals will be made in the kitchen, and delivered to your child’s classroom.
School Meals Provided by Fresha
At Fresha, we believe healthy children learn better, through improved concentration and energy levels. Healthy diets also result in improved behaviour and attendance at school.
By providing highly nutritious meals that children like to eat; we want to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of your children.
This theory has been proved in many studies over several years, showing an increase in grades and a reduction in absentee-ism in schools where healthy meals are served.
A team of chefs and a nutritionist carefully design seasonal menus which incorporate the required portions of fruit and seasonal vegetables; milk and dairy, meat, fish and proteins. All of our ingredients are sourced from the best suppliers in the West Country. Our meals are low in fat, low in sugar and low in salt. They are also carefully planned to ensure your children maintain the right balance of energy and concentration levels for their afternoons of learning.
Benefits of Fresha School Meals
- Your children will benefit from the healthiest school meal provision available.
- Our healthy school meals ensure children have energy and concentration in the afternoons, enabling them to get the most out of their learning and activities.
- Our allergen training ensures that our kitchen teams identify individual children with specific dietary and allergen requirements and ensure that these requirements are met.
- Our kitchen teams are trained to interact and engage positively with your children, encouraging good meal choices and clean plates at the end of lunch.
- We will support the school with lessons and activities based around food.
- Fresha aims to ensure that every child not only has the opportunity to enjoy a healthy school lunch, but also takes an interest in the food that they are eating
Fresha’s Owner and Director passionately believes in the delivery of healthy and nutritious meals to children. He has two boys who attend St Michael’s primary school; the supply of nutritious meals to children is a cause close to his heart.
The same is true for many of Fresha's staff, whose children also attend Devon schools. The whole Fresha team works together, in a caring and diligent way to provide the best school meals possible. Because what your children eat matters.
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Fresha would also like to hear from you, constructive feedback enables them and us to finely hone the catering, encouraging more families to take advantage of a delicious, highly nutritious, healthy and inexpensive hot meal, each school day, for their children
To provide feedback to Fresha on school meals, you can email Fresha directly at: email@example.com
Income Related Free School Meals
Apply through the Devon Citizens Portal . This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.
Fruit and snacks
The government provides a daily piece of fruit for each child aged 5 to 7 years. Any other snacks sent into school should comprise of fruit or veg only. No chocolate or sweets of any form should be brought into school. All food containers and lunch boxes must be clearly labelled with their owner’s name.
Children have free access to drinking water in school and are provided with a water bottle that they are encouraged to drink from at various points throughout the day.
The school has a policy of NO NUTS as we have children in school who have severe allergic reactions to nuts. Any contact with even the smallest trace of nuts, such as on a child’s breath, can cause a serious reaction. We request that you are extremely vigilant about the nut content of food you send your child to school with – spreads, muesli bars, cakes, biscuits, breakfast cereals and cereal bars are just some items that may contain nut traces.
Under a government initiative, schools have to provide milk for children. We use a company called Cool Milk to provide this for us. Milk is free for children under the age of 5 or those entitled to Income Related Free Meals (not the Universal Infant Meals). You need to register your child yourself at www.coolmilk.com. If your child is entitled to Income Related Free School Meals, we register these children so please just inform us if they wish to have milk.