Free lunches for all infants and for older children whose family gets certain benefits.
Coronavirus update - 23 March 2020
With schools closed, planning is underway and will likely involve providing either a cold meal, packed lunch or use of a voucher scheme.
Speak to your school direct about their arrangements.
GOV.UK have updated their guidance for schools.
Beware of a free school meals email scam, asking parents for bank details. Follow the government’s scam guidance and don’t give out bank details or passwords.
Nursery school children aren't entitled to free school meals. Discuss lunch arrangements direct with your nursery.
School milk in nursery
Nursery children get a free choice of whole milk or semi-skimmed, funded by the NHS.
Children in reception, year 1 and year 2
Your child can get a free lunch at school if they're in Reception class, Year 1 or Year 2.
And if you register, your school could get extra money to help pupils.
Have your National Insurance number or Home Office number to hand when you apply.
School milk in reception, year 1 and year 2
Schools provide free milk up until a child's 5th birthday. If it's during the term, they won't get free milk from that term onwards.
Most children entitled to free school meals can also get free milk, except for children who get Universal Income free school meals. Contact your school for more information.