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Money Worries

Getting everything your child needs for school can be an added pressure when you are on a budget. There are ways to keep the costs down and some help out there if it is a big problem.

School Uniform

Start getting ready early – that way you can decide exactly what you need and spread the cost too. 

  • Ask family and friends if they have any hand me downs – school uniform is often grown out of before it is worn out! 
  • Local charity shops often have second hand uniform for nearby schools for sale. Or you can ask if anybody has any on local social media sale sites.
  • Start a uniform ‘pool’ where a group of friends and family share outgrown uniform around.
  • Supermarkets often have multi packs and school uniform offers at lower prices.
  • If your child’s school has badges and emblems ask if you can buy these separately to sew/ iron on so you can buy the cheaper uniform options.

If you cannot get the uniform your child needs there are usually local charitable organisations that can help. Ask your child’s school for advice on how you can access this help.

Schools know affording uniform and equipment is not easy for a lot of families and are used to people asking for help.

Norfolk County Council also has a page about this and a directory of local charitable organisations *here*

Free School Meals

All children in Year Reception, 1 and 2 will receive free school meals. 

From Year 3, children whose parents or carers get one or more of the following may also be able claim free school meals;

  • Universal Credit (provided the family has an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) and an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for four weeks after a claimant stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 

      

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