It is well researched that children who have a healthy diet benefit in other aspects of their lives such as being able to concentrate in school which helps them make the best use of their education and improves outcomes later in life.
The Government introduced a new policy in September 2014 where all schools must provide a lunch time meal for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1). Until then only families on certain qualifying welfare benefits could get free meals. This was known as the ‘deprivation’ criteria.
However it is really important that parents that previously met the ‘deprivation’ criteria, or would do so if they are new applicants, continue to register with their school for free meals for their children.
This is because
A leaflet is available that gives the key messages about this to parents and in all cases parents should, as it says on the leaflet, be directed to their school for further information.
I would be grateful if you could make the leaflet available to parents in your setting to help encourage as many eligible parents as possible to register with their school for free meals for all of their children.
For more information please visit: www.buckscc.gov.uk/free-school-meals