So, today the Children and Families Bill has been amended to include the provision of free school lunches to all children in reception, year 1 and year 2. There has been much uncertainty as to whether this proposal, announced in September 2013, would actually go ahead. Finally that uncertainty has been removed which leaves schools 7 months to organise the logistics. For many it involves extending kitchens, employing extra staff and extending the lunch break to ensure that all children can be fed (many primary schools lack space and cannot fit all children into one space in one sitting).
For my children’s school it means ordering more meals from the outside catering company that supply the hot meals every day.