At Eastry, meals are cooked on site by Whole School Meals. There is always a choice and the meals are balanced and nutritious. A register is taken each morning so that children can choose a school dinner or a packed lunch depending on the menu for that day. Dinner money is preferably paid online direct to Whole School Meals at www.wholeschoolmeals.co.uk or collected in the morning and cost £2.35 per day, £11.75 per week.
Universal Free School Meals are provided to all children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 and do not need to be applied for. In addition Free School Meals are available for children whose family circumstances make them eligible for them. An application form is available below or please speak to the school, in confidence, and we will be happy to help. If your child qualifies for free school meals, even if they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, we would still ask you to apply for them. This will ensure your child continues to receive free school meals when they move in to Year 3, entitles them to free milk each day should they wish and also provides additional funding for the school.
Children bringing packed lunches should do so in a named strong packed lunch container. We ask parents to provide a healthy and balanced packed lunch which your child will enjoy eating. Please include some fruit in your child’s packed lunch and do not send fizzy drinks, sweets, bars of chocolate or items containing nuts.
Snacks at Playtime
To emphasise good dental hygiene and nutritional habits children are not allowed to bring sweets into school. If they bring their own snack from home then these snacks must be fresh fruit or vegetables. Children in Fledglings and Years 1 and 2 receive free fruit in the afternoon as part of the government initiative.