snack and lunch
Please note that we are a NUT-FREE SCHOOL so no nuts, nut products or sesame to be brought to school for snack or in packed lunches.
In EYFS and KS1
Snacks for EYFS and KS1 children are supplied under the Government's School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and these are given to children in class, usually on the carpet, before or after mid-morning playtime.
KS2 children are welcome to bring a snack to eat during their mid-morning breaktime and School Council, in consultation with KS2 children, has agreed the following list. Their preference for real fruit and vegetables. All snacks must be low salt, low sugar or plain and no nuts, nut products or sesame please:
Popcorn – plain only
Plain bread sticks
Plain bread/ pitta
Dried fruit – (low sugar)
Real cheese including cheese strings
Plain Indian snacks – slightly spicy taste but no sugar
Fruit – real fruit
Flapjack – plain or fruit
Crackers – plain
Oat bars – low sugar
Dunkers – savoury low sugar
Rice cakes – plain
Yoyo bears – avoid cards!
Children are welcome to bring in a packed lunch to school or to have a school lunch, provided by our in-house school catering team.
September 2023: a school meal costs £2.65 per day for children in KS2 whose families are NOT in receipt of Free School Meals. Lunches are free for all EYFS and KS1 children under the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme.
If your child is already attending Whitegrove Primary School and you would like them to have school dinners, please use your Scopay online payment system to book and pay for lunches.
New EYFS parents receive registration details in September.
How lunchtimes work
The two schemes offering free school meals
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) for EVERY EYFS and KS1 childEvery child in Foundation (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 &2) is entitled to a free school meal under the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme. The meal is to be chosen from our catering team's menu (see link above). This is NOT means tested and is available to ALL EYFS and KS1 children, not just for families in receipt of benefits.
Free School Meals
There is no stigma attached to Free School Meals - the process is completely confidential as we use an online payment system for paying families - so gone are the days of children handing over tokens, vouchers or plastic coins.
Who is eligible? Children whose parents or carers receive any of the following are eligible for free school meals:
- Universal Credit - as long as parents/carers have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the 4-week period immediately after your employment stops, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your child would also be eligible to free school meals for this 4-week period only.
Apply online for Free School Meals here.
Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme
Children who qualify for and receive free school meals (see above for eligibility criteria) will also be eligible for Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, as and when such a scheme is made available by Bracknell Forest Council via funding from the Department of Education.