Young children in Northumberland will be able to get two hot school dinners during National School Meals Week.
Northumberland County Council is providing the funding to enable every child in reception, years 1 and 2 and special schools to benefit from a hot school meal.
The educational benefits of a hot meal can provide, for example, better behaviour, and concentration and of course the educational performance in the afternoon. There is also evidence of improved social skills gained when children and staff spend the lunchtime period together.
Councillor Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services, said: “The majority of parents make their decisions based on the historical memories. This is not the case with schools today and a lot of what the children like is on the menu.”
“It is not to be restricted to children who currently pay for their school lunch. We are hoping that this ideally will involve all parents who would want their children to benefit, whether they currently pay for a meal or bring a packed lunch.
“However we cannot pay parents for the packed lunch they provide.”
Please contact your school to find out the dates when it is going to take part.