Week 4 - week commencing 29th June

FOOD AND DRINK

Snack

The Foundation Stage classes have their own snack area where fruit is provided free of charge.   The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is a government programme that entitles every child in England, aged 4-6 in fully state-funded schools to a piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Scientists agree that everybody, including children, can reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer by eating at least five portions of fruit and vegeta The selection ranges from apples, pears, strawberries, raisins, cucumber, bananas and satsumas. Water is continually available so children do not need to bring a water bottle to school.

 Free School Milk

Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child. School milk is free for under-5s, and for over -5s it is available at a subsidised price of £14 per term. Each child that is registered with Cool Milk will receive a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk every day, delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it rehydrating and energy boosting it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused. 

How to register

If your child is under five:

  • Register online at www.coolmilk.com or complete the attached registration form and return it to the school office.
  • Register by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child's free milk to start the following week.
  • Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child's fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request four weeks before their birthday - if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk, simply make a payment.
If your child is 5 or older:
  • Register and pay online at www.coolmilk.com
  • Alternatively, fill in a registration form - once Cool Milk has processed your form, you will receive a payment request#You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the phone or at a local Paypoint in half-termly, termly or annual instalment.
  • Please pay by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child's free milk to start the following week.
If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com 
 
SCHOOL LUNCHES
Under the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) scheme all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are entitled to free school meals and you do not need to complete a form for your child to receive them. However, if you are eligible for certain benefits, listed on the attached form, you may also qualify for pupil premium funding which brings in extra money to help support your child in school. If you think you may qualify please do complete and return the form.
 
All Foundation Stage children who opt to attend full-time will eat lunch together in the dining hall with a designated Midday Meals Supervisor. Initially, until at least Friday 18th September, all Foundation Stage pupils will need to be provided with a packed lunch. We ask that children have a ‘healthy lunchbox’ – no sweets or fizzy drinks please. As we have children with severe allergies we ask that lunchboxes do not contain nuts - thank you. Children should bring their own lunchtime drink but water is always available if necessary.
Once your child has officially attended school in the first few days of September you will be provided with the all the necessary information to order a hot school lunch for your child starting from Monday 21st September. 
 
Chartwells are our hot meal provider. To be able to order meals for your child you will be issued with the details to set up an account with ParentPay (although no payment is required!)  Once your account is set up you will have access to menus and you can begin to order. Chartwells are able to cater for different dietary requirements. 
 
Some children prefer to continue having a packed lunch at lunchtimes - this is absolutely fine.
MEDICAL NEEDS

Staff in the school are trained in first aid procedures.  Designated teaching assistants attend to children who are hurt or unwell, contacting parents where necessary.  Any medical conditions should be highlighted in the admission forms or, if diagnosed later, brought to the attention of the class teacher in the first instance who will inform others if necessary. In some cases an Individual Healthcare Plan may need to be completed - the school will contact you with the necessary forms if such a medical need/condition is brought to our attention.

The school nursing team provide height and weight checks whilst children are in the Foundation Stage and may contact parents afterwards. The school nursing team provide regular training for staff on health issues such as the use of Epipens and asthma inhalers. Prescribed medicines may, if necessary, be administered by staff at the school but only with written consent from parents. 

Medicines which are prescribed to be taken three times a day should not be brought to school - administration in this case can be at breakfast, home time and bed time. Medicines that are not prescribed, such as cough mixture or pain relief, may not be administered by school staff. Parents should always inform the school if their child has a contagious illness and follow guidelines available from the office, namely recommended periods that children should be kept from school.

Any child suffering from sickness or diarrhoea should be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness to avoid spreading illness to others.

ATTENDANCE & LEAVE OF ABSENCE
 

The attendance rate at The John Hampden School Wendover is above the national average. It is extremely important that children attend school regularly and on time. This sets good habits and ensures that children do not miss out on vital elements of their learning programme. Parents are asked to notify the school with reasons for any absences, reminders will be sent if this is not forthcoming. Notification can be via telephone message or via email on the first day of the absence and then followed up daily if the absence continues. Pupils are not expected to be absent for more than 5% of sessions in a school. Parents will be informed on a termly basis of their child’s attendance figure. Where attendance drops below 95% parents may receive care calls from the school following up absences and offering support. We do not expect parents to take their children out of school during term time unless there are exceptional reasons for doing so. The Secretary of State for Education is very clear that it is disruptive to a child’s education and does not promote good habits. The majority of parents are able to take their children away in appropriate holiday periods. However, we do recognise that for some parents with exceptional circumstances, this is not possible. In these circumstances a form is available from the school office (or can be downloaded from the website) requesting leave of absence and should be filled in at least one month prior to any planned absence.

Please refer to the school website for leave of absence request.