Paying for school meals is quite straightforward: you can pay online using your child’s Squid account (please see the school office for your login details and help with setting this up if needed). If your child is in Acorns (FS2) , Year 1 or Year 2 they will be entitled have their school dinners at no charge. Please see the leaflet for Universal Free School Meals above for more information, or speak to a member of staff.
Lunches are organised in ‘sittings’ whereby those children having a hot meal tend to eat first whilst others have a playtime, then, as they finish the packed lunch children come in to have their meals.
We operate a ‘family service’ system which promotes responsibility amongst our oldest children and encourages conversation around the table. Midday staff circulate to ensure children act responsibly towards each other, that they have a good, standard sized potion of food and that table manners are at their best. Children are taught to use knives and forks properly.
Once outside children are given a wide range of activities to choose from: football pitches are set up and cover half of the astroturf, different zones for skipping, cricket, tennis and other athletic activities are also set out. There are quiet areas with tables for drawing on and giant connect 4 as well as the ‘Teletubbie Land’ zone with hills and grass for our younger children to roll about on and engage in free play.
As well as the twelve midday staff on duty we now have two teaching assistants outside each day whose role is to set up and co-ordinate large group games such as ‘stick-in-the-mud’, ‘tag-bulldog’, ‘grandma’s footsteps’ and more.
We love our lunchtimes at Peafield; there’s loads to do and they’re great fun.
Free School Meals
Your child may be entitled to receive get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
- Personal details (including national insurance number and date of birth) for you and your partner.
- Child's details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend
- If eligible for free school meals and/or milk the start date will normally be within two days of parents contacting the office and entitlement being verified. The office will also write to confirm the date the child's free school meals and milk will start. Children transferring between Nottinghamshire schools need not re-apply.