Free school meals for children in new term

PARENTS could save hundreds of pounds and secure a healthier future for their child with the introduction of free school meals for infants.

The Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals programme will be rolled out for the first time when schools return from the summer holidays next week.

The scheme, aimed at boosting children’s performance, and avoiding health problems, will see a free cooked meal available to every child in reception class and years one and two.

Switching from packed lunches to school meals will save parents an estimated £400 a year, and education chiefs are urging people to take advantage of the offer.

School meals will be based on Government guidance, ensuring nutritious balance, with meat and vegetarian options.

Parents of infant school children will automatically be offered free school meals, but families who qualify for free meals throughout their child’s school career are being asked to register their eligibility.

Parents can get more information by contacting school directly or going online at