School Meals and Cool Milk
We know that diet plays a crucial role in a child’s development and at The Brent we encourage healthy eating.
We support the School Fruit and Vegetable scheme that entitles a free piece of fruit or vegetable to all children in KS1. Children in KS2 have the opportunity to purchase and eat a snack at morning break time and benefit from the healthy option of fruit or vegetables. Whilst, at this time, we are unable to operate our Fruit & Veg Tuck Shop, KS2 pupils are welcome to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat at break time.
Our catering provider is Independent Catering www.independentcatering.co.uk/
All children in KS1 are eligible for universal infants free school meals. For KS2 children the cost of a school dinner is £2.50. If a child is entitled to free school meals then they will receive a free school dinner. Every day there are a number of options the children can choose from, including a vegetarian option. As well as this, the children can have a pudding every day – this sometimes include cookies or cakes but these are part of a balanced meal and are baked with a strict amount of sugar content according to regulations.
Please note the following conditions:
Payment of school dinner money is easy, simply:
Via Arbor – our online payment service which allows you to pay for school dinners quickly and easily on your smartphone, tablet or computer. You will be able to top up your dinner money account electronically, using credit or debit cards and will receive automatic reminders when your balance is running low.
Independent Catering are cashless so appreciate your support in making payments electronically.
Please note, your bank statement will display either the school name or Arbor dependent on your payment method.
If payment is not received in advance then unfortunately we are unable to provide lunches.
Universal Free School Meals
Free School Meals
Free School Meals may also be available for Year 3 to Year 6, dependent on family income.
If entitled, we strongly advise all parents to apply for Free School Meals, whichever year group your child is in, as this will attract additional funding (pupil premium funding) for the school, which is used to provide additional curricular and extra curricular learning opportunities.
Each year the Government allocates additional funding to schools so that free school meals can be provided for children who have been registered. This additional funding is also available to be spent on resources, intervention and staff. With this in mind, we would ask you to read the following information regarding eligibility for free school meals.
How can you check eligibility for Free School Meals?
Parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Free School Meals. This is quick and easy and can be done online through this link: Free school meals - Kent County Council
Alternatively, a member of the office or family support team may be able to help.
Your child might be eligible if you access:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
Your child might also be eligible if you’re in a household with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), subject to a maximum income threshold.
We are a 'Nut Aware' school. We do all we can to minimise the risk to children with allergies whilst appreciating that we cannot be completely confident that all food items brought in are nut free or that another child has not consumed nuts before coming into school.
- We suggest that you remain aware of the daily menu, emailed to yourselves twice yearly and available on our school website, and take responsibility for school dinners taken, reminding your child of any specific food items to be avoided.
- For more serious allergies/intolerances, please contact Independent Caterers. A call or meeting will then be arranged between yourself and a representative, so that a suitable menu may be arranged.
Class teachers are aware of their children's dietary requirements and ensure a lanyard is worn to signify a need to be aware. In the kitchen there is a list, alongside a photo, of any children with allergies, intolerances or dietary requirements.
We are a nut aware school and, as a number of children at our school are allergic to different forms of nuts, we ask all parents to be vigilant in not providing their packed lunch children with, for example, peanut butter or Nutella chocolate spread.
Packed lunches should be healthy and balanced, sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed but small chocolate coated biscuits are okay as part of a balanced meal. To drink, water is encouraged and fizzy or high sugar content drinks are not allowed. No glass containers in packed lunch boxes/bags please.
What do you put in a child's lunch box?
According to NHS choices a balanced lunchbox should contain:
- Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta.
- Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans.
- A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt.
- Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit.
Lunch Box Ideas:
Click on the logo below for more information regarding the Cool Milk Scheme and to register.
How to register
For your child to receive their milk, you need to register via the Cool Milk website. If you have any problems with this please speak to the school office. For your child to receive milk you must register by 12pm on Tuesday and your child will start receiving milk from the following Monday.
My child is under five
Register your child on line prior to them starting school and they will receive milk when they start in Reception.
Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request three weeks before this time- if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk simply make a payment via the Cool Milk website.
My child is five or older
Register online as soon as possible. Shortly after registering you will receive a payment request.
You can make a payment via the Cool Milk website.
Please pay by Tuesday 5pm for your child’s milk to start the following week.
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, they will receive free milk automatically. If you do not wish for your child to be registered please email the school office.
If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com or contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913.
For more information on how milk can benefit children visit www.coolmilk.com/why-milk-is-great.