Please ask Sue if you would like your child to be part of our Lunch Club. Just provide a healthy balanced packed lunch for your child and we arrange the rest. The club finishes at 1.40, we ask if you can please be prompt with pick up and stick to this time. The cost of lunch club is £7.50, but if you claim funding you receive £5.25 towards the cost.
Please remember that operate a nut free environment, so no nutella or cereal bars with nuts.
School and Nursery Packed Lunches
There are many factors at play when we think about pulling together a packed lunch for our children. We want it to be healthy, delicious, fuel our children’s brains through the afternoon, be easy to pull together and pass the ‘peer-pressure’ test. We also need to bear in mind if there are any restrictions or guidelines that the school has in place e.g. a no nut or Healthy Eating policies.
Get the Basics Right
Packed lunch boxes should contain something from each of the following groups:
Ideally make this wholemeal or wholegrain to help keep your child energised and focused through the afternoon. This will provide a slow release of energy through the afternoon and will help children to concentrate during the afternoon
Most lunch boxes don’t contain enough protein. A growing child needs plenty of protein to help them grow. Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscles, organs, and the immune system.
Nutrients that are required for bone growth and development are crucial. Aim to add a portion of calcium in your child’s lunchbox. Try out non-dairy sources of calcium e.g. canned salmon or sardines, humus made with white beans, chopped orange pieces, sesame seeds
Add some fruit that will still look delicious after being carried in a lunch box on the school run and after being thrown around in the playground. Satsumas, small pot of berries or grapes, chopped pear or plum. Try wrapping fruit in a piece of kitchen roll and securing with a band to protect it.
Cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, pepper sticks, cucumber slices, radishes, celery sticks can all be easily added to a lunch box.
There is water and milk available at nursery.
Branded Lunchbox Fillers – Be Aware!
There are so many branded products for your child’s lunchbox that are easily accessible in Supermarkets and usually heavily branded with cartoon characters, rewards and prizes to make them as attractive as possible to children. Unfortunately many of these are highly processed, containing limited nutrients, high levels of sugar and/or salt as well as artificial preservatives, colourings and sweeteners. These are best avoided. An online shop can prevent pester power!