At Mayfield, we believe that eating together forms a vital part of a child’s education. It fosters the development of independence, social skills and good manners from an early age. Therefore, packed lunches are not allowed in the infant section and all children in the Years R, 1 and 2 are expected to eat the universal free school meal that is provided daily by the school’s catering contractor Caterlink.
As children progress into the junior section, we strongly encourage all children to eat school lunches. The school will provide information and training for parents in how to use the Scopay system to pay for school lunches or to apply to receive free school meals. However, it is accepted that parents may choose not to pay for the school meal.
Parents of junior aged pupils wishing to have packed lunches for a particular reason are expected to provide their children with packed lunches which are in line with our packed lunch policy. The policy applies to all packed lunches to be eaten within school or on school trips during normal school hours.
Parents and carers may, if they wish, take their child home for lunch. If you wish to do so, then please alert your child’s teacher in the morning and pick them up at 12.00pm (Year R), 12.15pm (Year 1-3) and return them to school at the end of the lunch break.