Lunch at Meadow

Meadow provides a balanced lunch for children every day and we encourage this over a home packed lunch. There is a small charge for 50p per lunch.

The  children actively take part in choosing, preparing and discussing with friends their lunch choices and share a meal as a group

Lunch at Meadow cuts down waste: each day the amount of waste created by each child bringing an individual packed lunch was equivalent to 1.5 carrier bags. One bag full of packaging from individually wrapped items and sandwiches, and half a bag full of crusts. By buying items in larger quantities and sharing them out, less waste is created. By paying attention to portion size, we found that significantly less crusts are left. Did you know: the recommended portion size of sliced bread for a 2-4 year old is one slice of bread? 2 slices with their crusts cut off weighs the same as one slice with crusts. Children bringing sandwiches with 2 slices of bread were leaving their crusts, creating waste. The same children, when given 1 slice, are now eating the crusts.

Lunch at Meadow has the potential to be child led when it is flexible: we had crumpets instead of the planned sandwiches on one of the days, this grew out of a discussion between the children about foods they like and things they would like to try.

Lunch at Meadow helps children develop their skills: we read The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and decided to cook Gruffalo Crumble for pudding. We were able to do this because we had the ingredients in the kitchen. The children took turns weighing, measuring, mixing and cutting.

Lunch at Meadow is social: we like to sit down and eat together like a family.

Meadow provide a balanced lunch for the children every day

We encourage everyone to have a Meadow lunch rather than a packed lunch, if possible. The charge is only 30p per meal.

Lunch at meadow supports many of the areas of learning and development set out in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

Communication and Language: using the language associated with food and cooking helps to provide a rich language environment giving rise to more opportunity to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development: handling, cutting, weighing, pouring are just some of the examples of the way the children develop control, coordination and movement skills through cooking. Children are encouraged to make healthy choices in relation to food, and can see what a balanced meal looks like.

Personal, Social and Emotional development: making and sharing a lunch together helps to make positive relationships. Children further understand appropriate behaviour in groups, and develop confidence in their own abilities, for example making something healthy to eat. Children feel a sense of pride and achievement when they eat something they have made themselves.

Literacy: Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite interest, including story books and recipe books.

Mathematics: Children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, describing shapes, space and measures

Understanding the world: Children are encouraged to make sense of their physical world and community by discussing recycling and waste. Past and present events are talked about in relation to what was eaten last week or today. Meadow hope to promote “A love of good food”.

Expressive art and design: children handle and manipulate different materials, such as pastry. Designing their own pizzas lets the children get creative with their cooking.


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