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Free school meals and milk

Free school meals

Who can apply?

You may qualify for free school meals if your child attends a Nottinghamshire County Council School or your child attends a maintained nursery (as long as they are receiving funded early learning education before and after lunch) and you receive one of the following benefits.

  • 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 (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit.

Universal infant free school meals

All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools are now entitled to free school meals.

It is important that all parents who receive one of the benefits listed above register for free school meals as this will enable your child's school to claim "pupil premium allocation". The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment. This additional funding for schools can help to buy new equipment and resources.

Free milk scheme

Free milk is available for:

  • children under the age of five in school or daycare
  • children receiving free school meals

Milk is subsidised for all other pupils in primary education and in special schools.

Register for free school meals and milk

The information needed to register includes:

  • personal details (including national insurance number and date of birth) for you and your partner
  • child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend
  • if eligible for free school meals and/or milk the start date will normally be within two days of parents contacting us and entitlement being verified. We will also write to confirm the date the child’s free school meals and milk will start.

To register for free school meals or milk for your child:

Download a copy of the school meals and milk fact sheet.

If your child attends a school outside of Nottinghamshire (including schools in Nottingham City) you will need to contact the relevant local council.

Information on benefits

GOV.UK has information on the various benefits which entitle your child to free school meals:

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