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School Snack Guidelines

Most of our children need a snack at morning break to keep them going through the day.

We encourage children to bring in healthy snacks full of vitamins and minerals containing no added salt, fat or sugar. Many of these will help contribute to their 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables, keep them alert and help them concentrate. It can be hard during the week to think of suitable items for them to bring into school, but we are aiming, with the help of the children, to not only support them in making healthy choices regarding snacks, but to also reduce food packaging and waste. This supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Article 24: Health, Water, Food, Environment.

Providing snacks in a small, named, recyclable container is ideal. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have a daily snack of fruit or vegetables provided for free by the Government, so additional snacks for these ages should not be required.

Below are some examples of snacks that your child could bring in for break time.

  • Vegetable sticks – such as celery, cucumber, peppers or carrot.
  • Cheese cubes, Babybel or Cheese Strings.
  • Fresh or dried fruit – such as apples, pears, pineapple, mango, kiwi, plain raisins, apricots, blueberries, banana slices.
  • Bread sticks, plain pretzels, oat or rice cakes.
  • Yoghurt.
  • Homemade snacks – flapjacks or other oat or whole grain based snack. These must be nut free because some of our children are severely allergic to a range of nuts and exposure could cause anaphylaxis.

We are aiming for a common-sense approach, with the key being to keep it healthy so no chocolate, sweets or crisps.

We need the children to stay hydrated so please ensure they bring a named water bottle into school daily. Children can have either water, flavoured water or no added sugar squash in their bottles but not fizzy or energy drinks.