Medical Diets

We go the extra mile to support the needs of children with food allergies or intolerances.

Our Dietitian will tailor our standard menus for children who need one or more of the top 14 allergens* to be excluded from their diet.

*Top 14 Allergens:

  • Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats
  • Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Milk
  • Nuts; namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts
  • Celery (including celeriac)
  • Mustard
  • Sesame
  • Sulphur dioxide/sulphites
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs like clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid

Please ensure that you read the CCS medical diet procedure carefully. You will also need to complete our medical diet request form. Both documents can be downloaded below. 

Nut Allergies

Although we do not use nuts or peanuts in our recipes, we still ask parents of children who are allergic to these foods to complete our medical diet request form. This allows us to inform them that some of our products may contain traces of nuts/peanuts. If there is a need to avoid products with a risk of traces, we will exclude these from the child’s diet. 

Please download our full medical diet procedure (PDF)

Please download our medical diet request form (PDF)


Children with Type I Diabetes

Our Registered Dietitian has worked closely with the NHS to come up with a unique menu chart for parents of children with type 1 diabetes.  This enables an accurate carbohydrate count to be determined for their child's chosen meals each day. 


Feedback from Parents

Our medical diet procedure has given parents the confidence to allow their children to enjoy a school meal that accommodates medical diets. Read the positive feedback received by our Dietitian:

This sounds like a brilliant menu! It will be very helpful for my daughter to know that every dish on the menu is dairy free and to choose freely. Not only does it have a good main option every day, but also many desserts which did usually contain milk so she was not able to have them. This will enable my daughter now to have school meals every day. She wasn't able to do that before and is very excited about it!
Thank you SO MUCH for all your help and attention. My daughter is loving her school dinners and is always excited on a day she gets a muffin or a pudding! We really appreciate your work to set this up. She will be very happy to look at her new menu!
My son is LOVING school meals and all of his class is having them so it is lovely that he can join in. He had his first iced bun last week and was so excited!!
My six year old son has a severe allergy to peanuts and nuts and must also avoid all traces of peanuts and nuts (so can't eat anything that 'may contain' or 'is made in factory handling' or is otherwise at risk of cross-contamination). The CCS catering team has (amazingly!) enabled him to join his friends in eating school meals and I am extremely thankful to the incredible people who work in the office and in the kitchen who have made this possible. By providing me with the information I need (in a friendly, timely and thorough manner), they have made me confident that my son can enjoy both the delicious meals and the important social benefits that go with being able to 'join in and feel normal. Thanks again for everything (what you do really is life-changing!).

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