Health and Wellbeing

School Meals

All children in Year 1 are entitled to a free school meal. The meal provides at least two of the suggested five a day portions of fruit and vegetables and meets the Government’s food and nutrient based standards. A school meal consists of a main course, fruit based dessert, fresh milk and bread. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that nutrition and a healthy diet boost children’s performance at school. A child sitting down with their friends to enjoy a hot meal also supports the development of interpersonal skills.

If you wish to opt out of the free school meals initiative, you can provide your child with a lunch box . Glass bottles, flasks and cans are not allowed. Plastic flasks or cartons are the most suitable drinks containers. Fizzy drinks, chocolate bars and sweets are not permitted.

We sometimes have children in the school with severe nut allergies. For this reason, no products containing nuts are permitted in school.

Our school lunches are provided by Easy Lunch – You can find out more about the food and menus on their website. Easy Lunch 

Water

Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school to keep in class. Children are only permitted to have plain water in their drinks bottles. They are able to take drinks of water from this throughout the day. Juice, squash or flavoured water are not permitted.

Sickness, Accidents and Emergencies

If children are displaying coronavirus symptoms under no circumstances should they be brought into school. You should arrange to undertake a test and only return to school if the result is negative or after the government’s recommended isolation period. If a child displays possible coronavirus symptoms whilst at school, parents will be contacted and the child will need to be taken home and a test undertaken.

A number of our Teaching and Learning Assistants and Mid-day Meals Supervisors hold full first aid qualifications. In the event of a more serious accident at school, parents are contacted immediately. It is extremely important that contact numbers, including mobile phones are kept up to date in the school office. If children are unwell, it is generally advisable to keep them away from school, as the home situation offers a more appropriate environment. Please note that if your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea, in line with West Sussex guidance, it is our policy that they are kept at home until 48 hours after the last episode.

If a doctor prescribes medication, but says that a child is fit to return to school, doses should preferably be timed so that they are taken outside the hours of the school day. If it is unavoidable for medicines to be administered during the school day (e.g. if they are prescribed as four times a day), a form must be filled in from the school office requesting the school to do this.

Head Lice

Head lice are still, unfortunately, a problem in all schools. Please check your child’s head regularly and treat infections accordingly. You do not need to buy expensive treatments from the chemist – the best way to ensure that your child stays ‘head lice free’ is to use a good conditioner and nit comb every time that you wash their hair.