Schools School Resources

EU School Milk Scheme

  • Description

    Operated in Ireland by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  The uptake of the scheme is mainly among primary school children.  All pupils in regular attendance at primary schools can avail of the scheme during school days but not during holiday camps.  The scheme includes a broad range of products, including whole milk, semi-, low- and flavoured milk, and yoghurt.  For more information see our Good Practice Guide pp. 21-23.

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School Meals Programme

  • Description

    The School Meals Programme operated by the Department of Social Protection provides funding towards provision of food services for disadvantaged school child through two schemes:

    • The statutory Urban School Meals Scheme for primary schools is operated by Local Authorities and part-financed by the Department of Social Protection.
    • The non-statutory School Meals Local Projects Scheme provides funding directly from the Department of Social Protection to primary schools, secondary schools and local groups and voluntary organisations which operate their own school meals projects.

Mighty Mouth Schools Programme

  • Description

    The Mighty Mouth Schools Programme has been developed as a significant evidence based oral health promotion tool in the overall delivery of dental care services for young children living in Ireland.  It was commissioned by the dental services in the Eastern Regional Health Authority Area (now the HSE) and was developed by the Dental Health Foundation in collaboration with the oral and general health promotion teams in the eastern region and in partnership with teachers, parents and children.  The funding for the publication of this resource was provided by the Department of Health and Children.  The Mighty Mouth Schools Programme is also supported by the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health.

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Healthy Teeth for Life

  • Description

    A guide for children’s dental health.

  • Author

    Dr John S Walsh
  • Publisher

    Dental Health Foundation
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Food Dudes

  • Description

    Food Dudes aims to positively change children’s behaviour with regard to consumption of fruit and vegetables, both in school and at home, through a tailored programme.  In Ireland Food Dudes is being rolled out on a national basis to all primary schools.  Schools are contacted in clusters of 12 to 15 schools, on a phased basis. For more information see our Good Practice Guide pp. 67-68.    Food Dudes  is funded in Ireland by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and managed by Bord Bia.  It should be noted that the EU Fruit Scheme is being rolled out in Ireland through this programme.

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  • Description

    An online resource for parents and teachers in Ireland.

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When Sammy met Sally

  • Description

    Booklet on Healthy eating for parents – this booklet aims to increase a child’s experience of healthy food from an early age and encourages a positive attitude towards a healthy diet.  It tells two stories – Sally’s and Sammy’s.  The idea is that you read either first – then read the other story, and finish with the fun, fold-out section in the middle, where Sammy realises the error of his ways and devotes himself to a lifetime of healthy lunches with his new friend Sally.  For free copies of the book contact safefood’s helpline on 1850 404 567.

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How they measure up

  • Description

    “How they measure up” is a food labelling resource that aims to provide students with a better understanding of food labels and how to use them to make healthy and safe food choices.  The resource was developed in Ireland in conjunction with the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) support service and in conjunction with the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in NI. T he resource is aimed at Junior Cycle, SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) in Ireland and Key Stage 3 and 4 Home Economics in Northern Ireland.  For free copies of the resource contact safefood’s helpline on 1850 404 567 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 0851683 (Northern Ireland).

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safefood for life

  • Description

    The safefood for life programme is a certified food safety programme that is being delivered in post primary schools across the island of Ireland.  safefood for life aims to help students develop important food safety skills and allows them to sit an online food hygiene examination at the end of the course.  On completion of the online examination successful students will meet the minimum training requirements to work in the food industry.  The programme is aimed at Transition Year Students in Ireland and Key Stage 3 and 4 Home Economics in Northern Ireland.   For copies of the resource, schools in Ireland should contact safefood’s helpline on 1850 404567.  For schools in Northern Ireland contact the C2K Learning Northern Ireland school network.

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