Packed Lunch Policy

At Dairy Meadow we take all aspects of children’s development and learning seriously.

This includes teaching and encouraging pupils to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

On Monday 28th June we will be launching our Healthy Packed Lunch policy.

To support parents in preparing a healthy pack lunch, we will be arranging a one-hour online parent workshop on Friday 18th June, with particular focus on healthy carbohydrates, especially whole grain foods.

This Packed Lunch Policy has been developed through consultation with parents, carers and pupils and we have collected opinions from online surveys to develop our Packed Lunch Policy.

These surveys found that 80% of parents agree that some foods should be discouraged from packed lunches and 94% of parents have no concern with the school introducing a packed lunch policy.

Discussions with pupils, including ongoing ones about their food choices, link with the Skills Builder skills of Speaking and Listening

From Monday 28th June, packed lunches should include the following every day:

  • Fruit and Vegetables - at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables or salad.
  • Non-dairy source of protein - meat, fish, egg, beans or pulses such as lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus and falafel.
  • A starchy food like bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals.
  • Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais
  • Drinks - the school has a water only policy

Small, plain cakes and biscuits are permitted.

Monday to Thursday Packed lunches should not include any of the following:

  • High fat, high salt, or high sugar snacks such as crisps or heavily sweetened (coated) popcorn,
  • Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits, or sweets
  • Chocolate spread, honey, jam or marmalade as a sandwich filling.
  • Cereal bars and fruit bars.
  • Fizzy / sugary drinks or fruit flavoured squash.

On a Friday pupils are permitted to bring in one treat from the above list.

Best wishes,

Mrs A Reed

Head Teacher


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    Last day of summer term