This month saw all key stage one children in English schools given the chance to eat a hot meal at school for free every day.
The scheme is expected to save parents like myself £400 a year per child.
Now in theory this sounds great but I'm not convinced.
Here are just three reasons that have me questioning the scheme and its intentions.
Well we are told it is free but lets be honest, nothing where the government is concerned is really free. I mean we'll be paying for this through our taxes.
And in that case I'd like to know why school meals can't be free across the board.
At the moment I have three children at school, one in reception, one in year 2 and one in year 4. Meaning that two of my children get free meals whilst the other I'd have to pay for.
This something I can't afford, now for some it might not seem a lot of money to pay out but to me it is, I just can't budget in another bill. This means that my eldest has to have a packed lunch, luckily she is an easy going child and doesn't mind.
However I'm sure there are children out there who wouldn't be so happy if put in the same situation.
It was general secretary Christine Bower that said, "children do not stop being hungry at seven years of age".
I have always bought my children up to be independent and I think it is great that they have a bit of choice when it comes to the dinner menu but I worry that they either won't eat enough, will eat too much or just pick the wrong thing entirely.
Take for instance my 6 year old.
On the dinner menu the other day was sausage roll. So what did she have with her sausage roll? Potatoes, beans, cucumber and pasta. Pasta?? Pasta wasn't even on the menu that day so I don't know where she found it.
But my point, where was someone monitoring what the kids were picking making sure they have a good balance of things on their plate?
Schools are legally required to provide meals that comply with the government's 'School Food Standards'. These are apparently put in place to ensure each child gets the nutrition that their body needs throughout the school day.
I have to chuckle at this.
We as parents get moaned at for what we put in our child's pack lunch. Heaven forbid we provide them with a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar.
Yet if you have school dinners you get the choice of things like pizza, burger, chips as well as having the option of eating a pudding every day.
Since when is dessert nutritionally balanced??
My children certainly don't get pudding every day of the week, I see it as a treat.
Like I said at the beginning of my rant, in theory the concept sounds good but like many things in life, it has its flaws.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that over the coming months as the programme comes into full swing that measures will be taken to improve the scheme and make it truly beneficial for everyone.