Healthy Schools Initiatives and Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
The Foundation Stage at Wickhambreaux CEP School provides a vital first building block when introducing the Healthy School Initiative to our new children.
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. Children are also offered milk at morning snack time and promoting drinking water to enable brain friendly learning during the rest of the day. To promote good oral health squash and fruit juice is not encouraged daily as an alternative to milk or water. Children might occasionally have this as part of a school event or celebration.
In addition to making healthy snack choices children are also provided with the opportunity to have a Universal Free School Meal at lunchtime. Our meals are provided by an off-site kitchen and delivered daily to the school. Parents can select the meals for their children online or provide their child with a packed lunch should they so wish.
“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.” Press release - Free school lunch for every child in infant schools. 17th September 2013 (Published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.)