Catering at Woodhouse West
Here at Woodhouse West we believe that all our children should have the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to choose a healthy balanced diet.
Unhealthy snacks (e.g. crisps & chocolate bars) are not allowed in school and we encourage and offer nutritious food and drink throughout the day. Fresh water is readily available throughout the school and children are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle (preferably with a sports cap to avoid spillage).
It's just as important to make sure the lunchbox your child brings to school provides as healthy and balanced lunch as they would eat at home. The following link to the NHS website gives helpful hints and tips.
Woodhouse West provide school lunches to pupils. Our menus, which are planned by our Catering Manager - Donna Mosley, run on a 3 week cycle. All meals are freshly cooked on the premises each day by our catering team and a vegetarian option is always available.
Meals are priced at £2.20. Children who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and do not pay for their school lunch.
You may be entitled to a free school meal if you meet certain criteria. To find out if you are eligible, information is available at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/schools-childcare/school-meals.
Not sure if you qualify? Apply anyway and the free school meals service will check for you.
Registering for free school meals couldn’t be easier and you can now apply online here.
The Department for Education do not know which children are eligible for free school meals unless their parents apply successfully for funding. Applying for a free school meal does not mean that your child has to have school dinners but it does mean that the school will receive Pupil Premium funding for your child if you successfully apply.
Call 0114 273 4567 (Free School Meals helpline number) if you require assistance with the application.
Current Lunch Menu
New menu from January 2024
Healthy Packed Lunches
Children are encouraged to bring a healthy packed lunch in a named lunch box or bag. Whilst it is the parents’ choice as to what they put in their children’s lunch box, we do encourage a healthy mix.
Getting ideas and inspiration for what to include in your child’s lunchbox can be a difficult task. Healthy eating is simply about getting a better balance and eating a wide variety of foods. All foods provide energy and nutrients and it is achieving the correct intake of those nutrients that is important for health. Variety is the key to a healthy diet, so try not to offer the same foods on consecutive days. By including a broad range of different foods, a much wider variety of nutrients will be eaten. The ‘Healthier Lunchbox Checklist’ helps to explain what ‘a healthy mix’ means in terms of getting a good balanced meal in a lunchbox.
Healthier Lunchbox Checklist:
Have you included…?
- A good portion of starchy food: e.g. thick wholemeal bread, chapatti, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad?
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables: e.g. an apple, a satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini-can of fruit chunks or small box of raisins?
- A portion of milk or dairy food: e.g. individual cheese portion or pot of yogurt?
- A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative: e.g. ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg, hummus or bean/lentil salad?
- A drink: e.g fruit juice, milk or water.
Packed Lunch & Healthy Eating Guidance
As a starter for this academic year, Eat Smart Sheffield have produced a newsletter for parents/carers.
It contains information and top tips for eating healthily throughout the day including breakfast ideas, school meals, healthy snacks & drinks, and family recipes.
Please access the newsletter here