Free School Meals & School Milk

Free School Meals – Key facts

If your child attends a Nottinghamshire County Council maintained school and you also receive one of the following support payments you will be entitled to free school meals. Your child will also be entitled to free school milk.

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Income-related employment support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit (but not entitled to working tax credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)

Children who receive income support or income related employment support allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals (this situation often applies to post-16 pupils in special schools).

A greater number of school nurseries will now be offering sessions over the lunch time period in order to accommodate the new 15 hour entitlement. Children who attend school nurseries between the period 11am and 2pm may also be eligible to receive free school meals if they meet the eligibility criteria detailed above.

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is by telephoning 0300 500 80 80
When you ring us we will need the following:
  • Your personal details (including your national insurance number and date of birth)
  • Your partner’s personal details (someone you are married to, have entered into a civil partnership with, or live with as though you are married) and your child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend
  • We will verify your entitlement to an eligible benefit through the Department for Education Electronic Checking System. If we are unable to confirm your entitlement we will let you know what to do next
  • If you are eligible for free school meals and/or milk the start date will normally be within two days of you contacting us and your entitlement being verified. We will also write to you and your child’s school to confirm the date your child’s free school meals and milk will start.

Your child will continue to receive free school meals and milk while you are receiving the qualifying benefit. If your qualifying benefit stops you must tell us immediately. Your benefit office will not inform us on your behalf. You may have to repay the cost of any meals and milk your child received from the date your qualifying benefit stopped.

For any further help or advice, see our website or contact us on 0844 980 8080 (minicom 01623 436657)

Download the FSM Application Here

School Milk- Key facts

Every child under five is entitled to free school milk. If your child is over five then they are entitled to subsidised milk, unless they are entitled to Free School Meals.

You will need to fill in the ‘Cool Milk’ application form below or alternatively, visit their website or telephone 0844 854 2913:

Cool Milk Information

Cool Milk Application Form