Free School Meals
Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 classes is now entitled to a free school meal under the government's universal infant free school meal scheme. This is not means-tested.
Your children may also qualify for means-tested free school meals if you meet the following criteria:
You and your partner must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
Receipt of one of the above benefits will be checked with the relevant government departments (HMRC, DWP and Home Office) and this may be done via the Eligibility Checking Service.
If you qualify for free school meals, it is important for your child's school that you apply - even if your children are in reception, year 1 or year 2 and they receive a school meal under the universal infant free school meal scheme. For every valid application, your child's school can claim extra funding for resources such as extra tuition, teaching assistants or after-school clubs.
Children who receive a free school meal are not singled out in any way.