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Should my child have school dinners instead of packed lunches?

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Should my child have school dinners instead of packed lunches? Do you ask yourself that question every morning when you set out to make your child?s lunch for school? Many parents ask the same question, and here is my answer: yes! There are lots of benefits of having school meals and this leaflet will answer and explain your questions, but first, let?s delve into the past so that we can understand the position of school meals today. The Past School meals were first set up in the 1870s in England, and in 1944 it was made compulsory for school dinners to be provided by the local authorities with legal nutritional requirements. Free school meals were also given to children who came from a background of low income. However, in the 1980s the government stopped free meals for thousands of children which was planned to reduce the cost of school meals supplied by the local authority, but this caused an enormous drop in the standard of the food instead. Surveys suggested that children in 1950 had healthier diets than in the 1990s, with more nutrients and less fat and sugar. ...read more.

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But her teacher revealed that she actually eats her three portions at school with no complaint, just because her friends have it too! This is also shown by research from the School Food Trust, which shows that eight out of ten children in the UK who have school dinners had tried food that they had not tried at home. What if I have Special Requirements? Several schools offer to provide food with special dietary requirements and a vegetarian option is always available. If your child?s school doesn?t then that means that you can always request for special catering. Also, A lot of people claim that parents cannot know what their children are eating when they are having a school meal, however, I don?t think this is true. Every parent can get a copy of the school?s menu from the school easily where you can see what will be served on which day. This way, you know what your child will have and won?t have any worries about your child?s lunch. But Aren?t Packed Lunches Better? ...read more.

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How does it affect my Child?s Behaviour? Research has shown that children who get a well-balanced healthy meal at lunch tend to do better at school. This makes sense ? a well fed child is likely to be a happy child, and a happy child is likely to join in with the activities and behave better. It was recently proved that healthier school meals not only improved the pupil?s test results, but their attendance too; the number of sick leaves by pupils who were school dinners reduced by nearly 15%. So, your child would not only get better with their concentration and behaviour at school, but would get fitter and healthier too. I sincerely hope this leaflet has cleared all your doubts about school meals and made you realise how much better it is to let your child be school dinners. School meals are better because they are a great way to introduce new and exciting foods to your child. School meals are better because it means you have one less bother in the morning. And most importantly, school meals are better because they make your child concentrate and behave better. ...read more.

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