Dietary requirements

If your child has special dietary requirements it is natural to wish to know detail about what is offered on the school menu. Our meals are prepared by outside caterers who are able to cater to specific allergy needs and parental choices.

What are the typical allergy needs?

In terms of the typical kinds of allergies we have encountered at Drayton House, our special dietary requirements can include any or all of the following:

  • No nuts
  • No eggs
  • No dairy
  • No red berries
  • No kiwi
  • No sweetcorn

This is just a sample, but hopefully this gives an indication of the types of allergy that result in a regular request for special menus.

We always discuss allergies and any specific needs during our initial meetings with parents to ensure that we fully understand the requirements for your child. Parents are asked to keep us updated of any changes or new needs that occur while your child is in our care.

From December 2014 all our menus will be clearly labelled to follow the new Food Standards Agencys 14 allergen labelling regulation.

Parental/Cultural Choice: What are the options?

We are also able to cater for a range of parental choices when it comes to special dietary requirements for your child. Frequent requests include:

  • Vegetarian - no fish
  • Vegetarian - can eat fish
  • No pork or ham
  • Halal

If you have specific requirements and you are not sure whether we will be able to accommodate your request, please contact us either by email at: [email protected], or by telephone: 01483 504707, and we will discuss your needs with you.

How is food served if you have special dietary requirements for your child?

Once we have established that we can cater for your child's needs, it's important to know how we manage the process while they are with us at Drayton House.

Our caterers prepare the food for your child as an individual portion. This is then boxed up in an individual container so that, when we come to serve lunch or tea, all children have their food portioned out at the same time. When we serve your child, we simply give them the food that has been specially prepared for them instead of the main meal of the day.

By serving everyone together in this way, we ensure that your child does not feel isolated just because they are eating something different to their peers. In fact, we encourage the children to talk about their needs as they get older if they are comfortable to do so, so that all the children understand why allergies mean that some people can't eat certain foods.