Haslam Park Primary School

Dinner Money

Haslam Park Primary School is responsible for the collection and reconciliation of all school dinner money. Parents are responsible for providing a lunch for their child (ren); this may take the form of a paid school meal, application for free school meal entitlement or a packed lunch from home.

School meals should be paid for IN ADVANCE unless there is a current free school meal entitlement in force. Enquiries regarding free school meals should be directed to the One Stop Shop on Bolton    01204 331590.

Haslam Park Primary School has a clear set of procedures for the payment and collection of school meal money and any arrears that occur.

School meal money should be forwarded to school first thing on a Monday morning (or the first school day of the week) to pay for school meals for the current week. Payment should be made to the class teacher/teaching assistant in a clearly marked envelope showing Childs Name/Dinner Money and Amount enclosed.

School meals may be paid by cash or cheque – payable to Haslam Park Primary School. School meals are £8.50 per week.

Snack money is £ 1.50 a week

Reminders will be sent to parents who have not paid for school meals that week by way of a text message on Tuesday. If payment is still not received after the first text message a telephone call will be made to the parent advising that the money should be forwarded by Monday the following week or a packed lunch should be sent into school.  This is to protect the parent from building up a larger debt.

School reserves the right to request assistance from the Local Authority in re-imbursing any outstanding dinner money.

If your child is absent from school and meals have been paid for, these will be carried forward as credits and the following week’s payments adjusted accordingly.

If your child would like to change from having a school meal to bringing a packed lunch, school should be given two weeks notice as the kitchen orders food in advance.

Infant free school meals in England (Universal Free School Meals)

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they are in:

Reception class
Year 1
Year 2
This is a Government run scheme to ensure that all younger children receive a school meal every day.

Tell your Local Authority if you also get any of the below mentioned qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do and your child will also continue to receive a free school meal if the Government funding finishes.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

*Income Support
*Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
*Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
*Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
*The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
*Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
*Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
*Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be
less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
*Children, who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get
free school meals.
*Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:  younger than the compulsory age for starting school in full-time education

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of
schooling (primary or secondary) they are in on 31 March 2022.
If there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask at the school office.