Free school meals

Infant Free School Meals

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2

If you get any of the means-tested benefits listed below, your child’s school will be given extra funding.

If you are entitled, applying online now will also help to ensure free meals continue when your child goes from Year 2 to Year 3.

Free school meals for children in Year 3 and older

For children in Year 3 and older, free school meals may be provided if parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

Children will continue to receive free school meals if they meet the existing eligibility criteria and are in receipt of full-time education or education both before and after the lunch period.

You can apply online for free school meals by clicking on the following link:

Our Electronic Checking Service may be able to confirm entitlement but if not, you may need to show up-to-date proof that you meet the qualifying criteria.

The local authority where your child attends school is responsible for the provision of free school meals. So, if your child attends an East Sussex school you should apply to us (or to the school direct) but if your child goes to school outside the county, you will need to speak to the school to find out who will deal with your application.

Please be advised that if your child solely attends one of the following schools you will need to apply to them direct using their own application form:

  • Kings Academy Ringmer
  • Ratton School Academy Trust
  • The Eastbourne Academy

Reviewing your application

Once entitlement is verified, free school meals are continuous unless we are notified of a change in your circumstances. If this happens we will contact you for up-to-date proof of entitlement. It is your responsibility to let us know of any changes that may affect your entitlement to free school meals.

If you do not tell us of a change and your child continues to receive free meals when not entitled, you may build up a debt which will have to be repaid.

Further information