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.
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 Snack List
KS2 children are welcome to bring a snack to eat during their mid-morning breaktime. School Council, in consultation with KS2 children, agreed on the following list, with a 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 caterers, Dolce.
School lunches from Dolce
A school meal currently costs £2.30 per day.
If your child is already attending Whitegrove Primary School and you would like them to have school dinners, please register on the School Grid online payment system. You can access this via Dolce/School Grid.
New EYFS parents will receive registration details in September.
Once you have logged on and registered your child, you can view the available menu and pre-order and pay for lunches for your child. You will be able to specify dietary requirements (eg gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan) under your account. All school meals must be pre-ordered at home as we cannot order in the classrooms. If you have any problems please contact the School Office.
How lunchtimes work
Lunch is in the School Hall, usually from 12:00 - 1.00pm. This time is split into 2 sittings, Sitting 1 (12:00-12.25pm) and Sitting 2 (12.30pm-1.00pm).
Each year group is allocated a group of tables and tables have a mix of children eating packed lunches and school dinners. Some year groups also opt to mix children from different classes on tables within their group. Those having dinners queue up, cafeteria-style, in year groups and their food is freshly served.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) for EYFS and KS1 childrenEvery 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 caterer's menu. This is NOT means tested so it is available to ALL EYFS and KS1 children, not just for families claiming benefits.
If your child is in KS2 and you think you may qualify for Free School Meals, please see the information below.
Free school meals (eligibility criteria apply - see below) and Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme
If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium, please see a leaflet here and Bracknell Forest Council's website here. Children who qualify (see below for eligibility criteria) and receive free school meals 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.
Who is eligible?
Children whose parents or carers receive any of the following are eligible for free school meals:
Universal Credit - as long as they have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
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.
How to apply
Apply for Free School Meals online here.