School Dinner

07 Jan 2022

School Dinners

Children may have a school lunch or bring sandwiches.  
The cost of a school meal is £2.80 per day, £14 per week and payment is made through ParentPay. 

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free school meal through the Government Universal Infant Free School Meals programme. 

Our school meals follow a healthy-eating policy 

Our meals are produced freshly every day in a school kitchen from only: 

  • fresh meat and poultry sourced from the region; 

  • fruit and vegetables sourced regionally where possible using local suppliers; 

  • products free from additives associated with health problems in young children; 

  • fats free from hydrogenated oils; 

  • with  menus that are nutritionally balanced. 

Our cooked meals are made in our brand new kitchen in the Village Hall, they provide a healthy balanced meal for the children. For more information about our school meals provider (NYCC County Caterers) click https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/school-meals 

North Stainley Primary Schools Food Policy - 2021 

Packed Lunches

Some families prefer their child to have a packed lunch so we try to help you plan a fantastic lunch box which your child will enjoy and is healthy, fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed. 
Please be aware that our school is a 'nut free' school and please refrain from bringing any products containing nuts onto the premises.  Thank you for your support with this. 




Here are some good websites that give good advice on what to put in a healthy lunchbox: 


Free School Meals  

Free school meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: 

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month); 

  • Income Support; 

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; 

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; 

  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; 

  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit; 

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or 

  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. 

To apply for free school meals please go https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/free-school-meals 

Applications are usually processed within five working days. You will be notified in writing, either by post or email, if your child is entitled and we will also let the school know. You should continue to pay until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange reimbursement of payment made while your entitlement is being confirmed. 
Free school meals claims cannot be backdated. They are awarded from the date we receive the application, once eligibility is confirmed. This is because there is a legal requirement for a request to be made, before a free school meal can be provided. 

If you are not entitled to free school meals, you will be notified in writing. 


Snacks & Water

We promote healthy eating and living, achieving a Healthy Schools Award. 

Our children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day andcan bring their own bottle to refil at school.  

KS1 children receive a free piece of fruit everyday as part of the Government Healthy eating initiative. KS2 are encouraged to bring healthy snacks to school for breaktime. 

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