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Hertfordshire County Council

Free lunches for all infants and for older children whose family gets certain benefits.

Nursery children

Nursery school children aren't entitled to free school meals. Discuss lunch arrangements direct with your nursery.

School milk in nursery

Nursery children get free milk, with a choice of whole milk or semi-skimmed. This is funded by the NHS.

Schools provide free milk to children up until a child's 5th birthday. If your child's birthday is during the term, they won't get free milk from that term onwards.

Children in Reception class, 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

Most children in infant classes who are entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free school milk. Children who get Universal Income free school meals aren't entitled to free school milk. All other children have the option to pay for milk. Contact your school for more information.

 

Children in Year 3 or older

Your child could get a free school meal if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don't get more than £16,190 a year)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (with annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits you get).


Apply today if you receive any of these benefits. It takes 5 mins and in most cases we can tell you straightaway if your child can get free meals at school.

Have your National Insurance number or Home Office number to hand when you apply.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until 2022, or until they finish their current phase of schooling (primary or secondary), if that's after 2022.

School milk in Year 3 or above

Children in junior classes who are entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free school milk. All other children have the option to pay for milk. Contact your school for more information.


School uniforms

We don't provide school uniform grants. Speak to your child's school to see if they can help.