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Chandler's Ford Infant School

Food and Drink

What will my child eat at lunchtime?

Universal Infant Free School Meals provide a school meal at lunchtime for all Infant School children (Reception, Year 1, Year 2) free of charge with no registration is required.


All of our meals in school are provided by award-winning school caterer HC3S. With over 30 years of school catering experience, the successful ethos of HC3S is to provide healthy, local, responsibly sourced food that children love. Their tasty, freshly cooked, nutritious dishes help your child flourish and reach their potential. As part of a balanced diet, their lunches provide a third of a child's daily calorie intake, to aid concentration levels and give them the energy to focus and to play.


Click the link below for the HC3S primary menu (April 2023 - October 2023)

A4 weekly picture menus April - October 2023


Or alternatively, children may order a jacket potato (served with vegetable or salad of the day and bread). The jacket potato menu is available after the Autumn half-term and during the Spring term. The daily jacket potato choices (November 2022 - March 2023) are:

Monday - Tuna mayo

Tuesday - Cheese & beans

Wednesday - Pork sausage & beans

Thursday - Cheese

Friday - Vege goujons & beans


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 (April 2023 - October 2023) are:

Monday - Tuna mayo roll

Tuesday - Pork sausage in a roll

Wednesday - Ham roll

Thursday - Chicken nuggets

Friday - Cheese roll


Or alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch from home.


Children with HC3S medical special diets will be offered a suitable jacket/picnic alternative if the daily option is not permitted on their menu.


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 a 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 wants all children to enjoy eating lunch at school, special diets are not provided for pupils who have a dislike of a certain food, therefore they require medical evidence that confirms your child’s medical allergy or intolerance. HC3S then works 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.