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Free School Meals and Milk


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To apply for free school meals or milk for your child you can:

You can download and print a free school meals fact sheet [PDF] with information about eligibility and how to apply.

Who can apply?


You may qualify for free school meals if your child attends a Nottinghamshire County Council School or Nursery full time (in line with the school’s published admission arrangements) and you receive one of the following benefits:

  • income support
  • income based jobseeker’s allowance
  • income related employment support allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • child tax credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • guarantee element of state pension credit

In addition, if you are receiving one of the above payments your children will be entitled to free milk in school if they are aged seven and under (there is no age limit for children attending special schools)

More information about milk in school.

Who to apply to

Who you need to apply to for free school meals depends on which school your child goes to.

If your child attends a

Universal infant free school meals

From September 2014 all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals, as part of the national Universal Free Infant School Meals scheme.

To ensure your child enjoys a free school lunch in September, please complete the form you should already have been given and return it to your child’s school office by 1 July 2014. Alternatively you can download and print off a copy of the form [PDF].

It is important, however, 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.

Extra help

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We may be able to offer other assistance to parents and children:

Information on benefits

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

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