Healthy Schools Initiatives and Universal School Meals
The Foundation Stage at Wickhambreaux CEP School provides a vital first building clock when introducing the Healthy School Initiative to our new children.
This is done by offering milk through the COOL MILK initiative which provides free milk to children up to the age of 5 and encouraging parents to join the scheme once their child has reached this age.
We also promote the provision of drinking water to enable brain friendly learning.
A snack of fruit is provided using the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme at a structured time in the morning where practitioners and children sit together. In the afternoon the children are then provided with a rolling snack where they are encouraged to make healthy choices.
In addition to making healthy snack choices children are also provided with the opportunity to have a Universal Free School Meal. Our meals are provided by an off-site kitchen and delivered daily to the school.
“Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education. The review found that, in pilots where all children have been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy food like crisps.” Free school lunch for every child in infant schools. Published 17 September 2013