Free School Meals – Is your child eligible?
If you receive one of the following benefits you could be eligible for free school meals worth over £300 per child per year:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week
It is now easier than ever for families to apply for free school meals, especially as applicants do not usually need to provide paper proof of benefit.
Parents/Carers should apply for free school meals online at:
www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals or telephone the Customer Service Centre on 01438 737370 or 01923 471370.
In addition to receiving Free School Meals there are other educational benefits:
•Help with music fees
• 1:1 tuition with a qualified teacher
Even if your child does not wish to have a school meal please still make an application and take full advantage of all the other benefits on offer. The system for applying for free school meals changed earlier in the year and it is now much easier to apply. All you need to do is fill in your application form online or phone the Customer Service Centre and the rest will be done for you. This support will continue for up to six years after the family no longer qualify if their circumstances change.
A Government initiative entitles all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day, which they eat during their mid-morning break. Junior children may bring in prepared fruit or vegetables (carrot/celery etc).
Children who bring in a packed lunch from home must ensure that it does not include products containing nuts to ensure allergic children do not come into contact with nuts in any way.