Lunchtime Menu

School Dinners

We are lucky to be working with Independent Catering who offer a fantastic selection of school meals.  There are four options daily and these are provided free to all Year R and KS1 children currently.

You may be eligible for free school meals; please enquire at the office.

You can download the latest lunchtime menu from here

Price: £2.00 per day (no price increases since 2009!)

Packed Lunches

We promote healthy packed lunches.  Here is some advice and information.

Preparing Your Child’s Lunchbox

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • starchy foods – these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others
  • protein foods – including meat, fish, eggs, beans and others
  • a dairy item – this could be cheese or a yoghurt
  • vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Starchy foods are a good source of energy and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches, you could give children bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not just white bread.

Low-fat Snacks for Kids

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in.

Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods that can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, such as kiwi or melon. You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new. Note that dried fruit is no longer recommended as a between-meal snack as it’s high in sugar and can be bad for teeth.

More ideas for healthy food swaps are available online.

Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats. Friday is treat day here at DBCPS (packed lunches can include a chocolate biscuit or cake or dessert.)  Remember to praise your child when they’ve tried something new to show your encouragement we will also try to do this at school.

You can find lots of ideas for healthy lunches at Change4Life: healthy lunchbox ideas.

Please check the list below.

Not Allowed

  • Any sweets or chocolates: e.g. Milky Bars or biscuits.
  • No crisps. However, baked snacks and those offering a healthier alternative e.g. ‘Snack-a-jacks’, Sunbites or small bags of popcorn are permitted.
  • No cakes of any sorts unless it is our Friday treat day.  It should be only one item on Friday.
  • No nuts of any sorts (we have several children with severe allergies this includes peanut butter).
  • No carbonated drinks.

Substitutes

  • Muesli bars or cereal bars (avoiding chocolate-coated ones).
  • Bread sticks, pitta bread, bagels and buns.
  • Cheese
  • Vegetable sticks and tomato.
  • Yogurts, fruit, plain rice cakes, crisp bread and Ryvita.apple_splash
  • Raisins, dates and dried fruits.
  • Pots of low sugar jelly, custard, or rice pudding.
  • Water and flavoured spring still water.
  • Fresh fruit juices(in small portions)/smoothies.
  • Low sugar Fruit Shoots or equivalent.

If there is something you are not sure about or your child has medical needs and requires something a little different we will always work with you to accommodate this so please come and talk to us.