Free lunches for all infants and for older children whose family gets certain benefits.
Schools and caterers will be providing either a cold meal, packed lunch or a voucher scheme. Speak to your school directly about their arrangements.
Free school meals have temporarily been extended to some children of foreign nationals. Visit GOV.UK for guidance on who’s eligible and an application form you can send to your school.
Guidance for schools (GOV.UK).
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.