All children in reception, year 1 or year 2 are automatically entitled to school meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme.
Contact your child's school directly if you have any other questions about the infant free school meal service.
Free school meals for year 3 and above and pupil premium for infant school children
Free school meals is a service that is available when your child first starts school up to the age of 18 as long as they are in full time education. If you think your child would qualify, please apply even if your child is receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals as this also offers your school additional funding called Pupil Premium.
Is my child entitled to free school meals?
If you are in receipt of any of the following, your child may be eligible for the free school meals service.
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, with no element of Working Tax Credit, and a household income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
If a child resides in a local authority care home they will not qualify for free school meals. This is because Government funding has already been allocated to fund their meals.
How do I apply?
Check your eligibility and apply for free school meals using our online form:
Apply for free school meals
What happens next?
- Your claim will be sent to the free school meals team for authorisation
- The school will be informed once this has happened. You will then need to find out from your school how to order and access the meals
- The school will receive £2.30 per day towards the cost of your child's meal
What if my circumstances change?
You need to let us know if there is a change in circumstances which may affect your child receiving free school meals. Please contact the free school meal team
- you stop receiving an eligible benefit
- you change your address
Contact the free school meals team
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