Children from Foundation stage to KS4 in state-funded schools are entitled to receive FSM
If you have a child in years Reception to year 6, and you are in receipt of any of the following benefits you can apply for free school meals, which then enables your school to claim the pupil premium money to support your child’s education.
• 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 they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
What Universal Infant Free School Meals means for your child
A healthy, nutritious free school meal for every infant school aged child.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), is the government’s programme that entitles every infant school aged child to a free school lunch.
So if your child is in reception, year 1 or 2, there will be no more paying for their school meals or worrying about what to put in their pack lunch. All children in these age groups will receive a nutritious meal every lunch time.
The Children’s Food Trust fully supports UIFSM. It’s great news for children and families and the health benefits of giving our children a nutritious lunch every day are clear. We know that when children eat better they do better. A nutritious school lunch is a big step towards making sure children grow up fit and healthy and achieve their full potential at school.
Firstly families will save both money, approximately £400 a year, and time without the cost of school meals or making expensive packed lunches.
Secondly the two course menu must meet the government’s school food standards and so healthy meals and snacks such as low fat milk, fruit and vegetables will be available every day.
And last but not least it’s been shown when children eat a healthy, nutritious lunch their concentration and learning is better in the afternoon. It also has the added benefit of teaching children more about social interaction and encouraging them to try new and exciting foods.
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