Guidance to parents on Packed Lunches
We aim to ensure all aspects of food and nutrition at Bishop Ridley C of E Primary School promote the health and wellbeing of the children.
Children are not allowed to swap or share their food from lunch boxes.
In addition, we request parents not to include the following:
- Sweets or bars of chocolate
- Food containing nuts (some children in preschool have an allergy reaction to any contact with nuts.)
- Fizzy/sugary drinks
The school will provide a safe, calm and healthy eating environment for children having a packed lunch. We do this by:
- Ensuring all children wash their hands before their meal
- Encouraging children to eat all or try to eat most of the food provided in their lunch box.
- Making sure children have the time to eat their lunch and do not rush, whilst, recognising that children also need time to play.
- Asking children to take leftovers from lunchboxes home to enable parents to see what their child has eaten.
We would like lunch boxes to reflect a healthy balanced meal. There are currently no government regulations regarding the contents of children’s packed lunches. However, the British Nutrition Foundation produced a set of guidelines recommending what should be included in lunch boxes to provide them with a healthy meal.
The recommended contents of a healthy lunch box are:
- A good portion of starchy food e.g. wholegrain roll, thick slice of bread, pitta pocket, plain cracker, pasta or rice salad.
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables e.g. an apple, satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini can of fruit chunks (decanted into a plastic container), small box of raisins
- A portion of milk or dairy food e.g. individual cheese portion, pot of yogurt.
- A small portion of lean meat, fish or alternative e.g. 2 slices of ham, quorn, cheese, tuna, egg or hummus.
- A drink e.g. small carton of fruit juice, no added sugar fruit squash. Water is provided.
- One small packet of crisps, a fruit scone or portion of malt loaf, a small cake or biscuit may also be included (please avoid chocolate as much as possible).
Parents are advised to include a small, named ice pack if food is likely to spoil.
Updated September 2021