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Free School Meals

Universal free school meals are provided to all children at school in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. You do not have to apply to get these meals.

If you do receive benefits, you should still make an application because it can help raise extra funds called Pupil Premium for your child’s school. Pupil Premium funding can help your child’s school pay for extra tuition, teaching and after school activities.

How do I know if my child can get free school meals after year 2?

Free school meals for children in Year 3 or above must be applied for and are only available if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit - with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190

You can apply online for free school meals using your Norfolk Education Online (NEO) account.

Read more and apply for free school meals


The Big Norfolk Holiday Fun Programme provides holiday activities for children and young people aged 5-16 in Norfolk. If your child is 4 years old but they are in school, they can take part. It helps your child move lots, eat well and have fun.

The next Big Norfolk Holiday Fun programme will be taking place during the winter holidays and will start on 19th December.

Children who are eligible for means-tested free school meals can claim free spaces on the activities, whilst paid spots are available on many activities for those who don’t.


Who can Help?

If you or someone you know is facing hardship and needs support now, they can access support from the  Norfolk Assistance Scheme or by calling 01603 223392 (Option 5). They can help provide food, clothes and other essential household items to families in need. 

You can also 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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