Universal Free School Meals for Years R-2
18th Oct 2014
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can have a FREE school meal every day.
This year, big changes have happened to school food. The government has transformed who gets free meals, what children eat and how they learn about food. Long gone are the fatty crisps and salty chips! From September, EVERY pupil attending state funded English schools in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible for free school meals and, thanks to the improved food standards, children will get the nutrition they need at lunch and break-times. Evidence from areas already providing universal free school meals show that children eating more healthily actually perform better in the classroom. Schools have reported better behavior and a nicer atmosphere as a result of pupils eating together every day, so it’s great for children’s social skills too. There are no forms to complete for your child to receive a free school meal – they just have to tell their teacher, when asked at registration time, that they would like a school meal that day.