Nottingham Catering - information for parents
Who we are
We are Eat Culture - Nottingham Catering, the largest school meals provider in Nottingham City. We provide 11,000 healthy meals per day from scratch using fresh ingredients, cooked by professional chefs.
We also provide breakfast clubs, morning breaks and packed lunches for trips and functions.
We are proud of the freshly prepared food we serve to Nottingham children. Our Food for Life Silver accreditation means that:
Our food is sourced locally
Our meat is Red Tractor assured, meaning it’s traceable, safe and produced locally
Our fish is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council
We use quality ingredients from reliable sources
We offer healthy, nutritious, balanced meals which are low in fat, sugar and salt.
Some of our schools have achieved the Food for Life Gold accreditation.
We also offer bespoke menus for children with dietary requirements (allergies, Halal, vegetarian).
Our menus operate on a three-week cycle and provide up to three choices per day. They change twice per year to reflect seasonal variations. A fruit salad is available every day as a choice of dessert to encourage healthier choices. We work with schools to provide a bespoke service, listening to feedback and changing menu items where requested.
Why should your child have a school meal?
When your child has a school meal provided by Nottingham Catering, you can rest assured they are eating a nutritious meal, cooked from scratch, which will fill them up for the rest of the school day. We work with individual school and pupils to create menus that are both popular and also that meet the School Food Standards.
Did you know?
We can provide your child with a packed lunch rather than a hot meal
Meals are free for children in reception and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2)
Free school meals
There are two grant funding schemes that enable children to receive a healthy and nutritious school meal free of charge:
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) at state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals, as part of the national Universal Free Infant School Meals scheme. There are no qualifying criteria and it is open to all children in these year groups. Funding ends when your child moves into Key Stage 2, years 3 - 6 in primary school.
Free School Meals & Pupil Premium (FSM)
Some children will be eligible to receive free meals in both Key Stage 1 and also Key Stage 2, if parents are in receipt of certain benefits. You can find out about the criteria and how to apply on Nottingham City Council’s website.
Parent should check with your school office to check if your child is eligible, as there are additional educational based benefits that can also help your child achieve their full potential at school. This is called Pupil Premium and generally will apply where you child qualifies for FSM. For each year your child is at Primary school, there is additional grant funding paid directly to the school to support your child in their education, enabling them to achieve their best. There is no cost to you as the parent/guardian but applying for Free School Meals is a great way of supporting both your child and their school, so please check and apply if you are eligible.
Questions or comments?
If your child is not currently having school meals and you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact us via the form below or speak with your school office, who will be able to give you more information.
Additionally, if your child is already having our school meals and you have a question or comment for us, please do get in touch with us via our contact form.