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Dinner Money Management

Dinner money management for schools and caterers

ParentPay Dinner Money is an online system that manages all aspects of dinner money administration.  Time spent on admin tasks is greatly reduced with income collection and school meal management done locally by the school or centrally by you. 

There are many benefits of dinner money management being controlled online:

  • Saves valuable administration time
  • Reduces the dinner money administration burden on schools
  • Gets information to the kitchen faster
  • Improves accuracy of meal number returns and reports
  • Ensures local authority audit requirements are met

One online solution for managing dinner money collection

ParentPay Dinner Money has some great features and you can learn more about these below.

  • Managing dinner money income
  • FSM management
  • Monitoring and managing debt
  • Managing meal prices
  • Menus with nutritional data

Managing dinner money income

The system holds accounts for each pupil or staff member and displays all transactions that take place.  Dinner money collection can then be centralised with online reports to show what has been collected in each school.

Pupil and staff accounts can be debited using meal bookings, meal patterns, attendance data or transactions from a cashless till system.  By having full transaction records for audit purposes, you, schools and a local authority will have full confidence in our system.

FSM management

ParentPay Dinner Money uses existing free school meals data to manage pupil eligibility, entitlement dates and recoupment reporting.  FSM eligibility is applied automatically to pupil accounts.

You can access central reports which detail FSM uptake at each school to save time when producing NI52 returns.

Monitoring and managing debt

ParentPay Dinner Money helps you manage finances by checking central reports to see which schools have dinner money debt.

School administrators can generate debt letters, email parents or even send SMS text payment reminders, to tackle pupil debt before it becomes a problem.

Managing meal prices

Meal price information can be managed centrally.  You can set different prices for pupil, staff and visitor meals, FSM allowances, staff free meals and duty meal allowances.  This helps make school meal management easier and more convenient.

Menus with nutritional data

Menus can be uploaded to ParentPay to give parents, students and schools instant access to their lunchtime choices.  Weekly menu rotation with nutritional analysis can also be managed centrally. 

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