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Chandler's Ford Infant School

Food and Drink

What will my child eat at lunch time?

Universal Free School meals provide a school meal at lunchtime for all Infant School children, free of charge.

All of our meals in school are provided by HC3S.

A registered dietitian has been responsible for ensuring HC3S provide nutritious school meals for children with special diets since 2017. They work closely with a food development team to ensure all the food they serve is tasty, healthy and compliant with school food regulations.

HC3S have worked hard to reduce sugar in our school meals. When planning menus they look to use reduced sugar recipes, reduce the amount of added sugar and add more fruit to our desserts. They no longer include salt in our recipes. Our catering teams are not allowed to add salt to their cooking at all, and are encouraged to use spices and herbs to flavour dishes.

Click here or on the link below to see our current school menu

Or alternatively children may order a jacket potato (served with vegetable of the day, bread and salad). The jacket potato menu is available after Autumn half-term and during the Spring term. The jacket potato choices are:

Monday - Jacket with tuna

Tuesday - Jacket with beans

Wednesday - Jacket with pizza topping

Thursday - Jacket with cheese

Friday - Jacket with chicken mayo

During the Summer term and until half-term in the Autumn term, a picnic option is available (served with carrot/cucumber sticks and fruit). The picnic choices are:

Monday - Roll with tuna mayonnaise

Tuesday - Roll with cheese

Wednesday - Roll with egg mayonnaise

Thursday - Roll with ham

Friday - Roll with chicken mayonnaise

Or alternatively children may bring a packed lunch from home.


What snacks will my child have at school?

As a school, we have adopted a healthy approach to eating. We participate in the Government fruit and vegetable scheme, whereby all of our children are offered a piece of fruit or vegetable as a mid morning snack, which is eaten in the classroom. This therefore means that snacks do not need to be sent to school. There is no cost to parents/carers for the supply of these snacks.


What drinks will my child have at school?


New Reception children starting at the school will be provided with a milk scheme. School milk is free for under-5s, and for over-5s it is available at a subsidised price. Each child that registers with Cool Milk will receive a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk every day, delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Register online at Cool Milk for your child to receive milk at school. See below for our letter about the school milk scheme and poster about the scheme for all children.


My child needs a medical special diet

HC3S has a dedicated special diet team that supports parents with special diet queries for their child. They create menus for children who are registered with HC3S as having a food allergy or intolerance and who want to have a school meal. Whilst HC3S want all children to enjoy eating lunch at school, special diets are not provided for pupils who have a dislike of certain food, therefore they require medical evidence that confirms your child’s medical allergy or intolerance. HC3S then work with a dietician to produce specific diets to ensure food is suitable. Products used in these diets are never substituted. To register for a special diet visit   


We ask children to bring in a water bottle each day.  They are encouraged to drink from this throughout the day and can refill from the classroom when they need to.


Are nuts allowed in school?

We have children with a SEVERE nut allergy. These children will be carrying an Epi pen at all times and staff are trained to use the equipment. It is vital that everyone adhere to our school policy of no nuts or nut products in lunch boxes, this includes e.g. peanut butter, nut based chocolate spreads, cereal bars with nuts, pistachio nuts, etc.

Healthy Schools

We are delighted to have been awarded with our renewed Enhanced Healthy Schools Status in April 2015. This has helped Chandler’s Ford Infant School become an even healthier place for everyone.

We are proud that:
  • The children know many ways of living a healthy lifestyle “we need fruit, vegetables, exercise and plenty of water”
  • Pupils enjoy the responsibilities of being school councillors (TED Reps), VIP’S and playground friends “We do loads of important and special jobs and make sure everybody has a friend.”
  • Our children feel safe and free from bullying through events such as anti-bullying week
  • We have achieved Activemark and involve sports coaches in our PE lessons
  • We involve children, staff, parents and governors in a working party to continue to embed and develop the healthy schools ethos in all aspects of school life
We will continue to ensure our school is a healthy school and are already developing this further.
  • During Healthy Schools Week parents came into school to sample our healthy lunches.