Free school meals

You may qualify for free school meals if your child attends a Nottinghamshire County Council School or your child attends a maintained nursery (as long as they are receiving funded early learning education before and after lunch) and you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190 
  • income support 
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) 
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 
  • income-based and contributions-based JSA and ESA on an equal basis 
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit 
  • Universal Credit – during the initial roll-out of the benefit
Find out if you're eligible here:

Registration process
Register online by visiting the public website. The information needed to register includes:

  • personal details (including National Insurance number and date of birth) for you and your partner 
  • child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend 
  • if eligible for free school meals and/or milk the start date will normally be within two days of parents contacting us and entitlement being verified. We will also write to confirm the date the child’s free school meals and milk will start

For more details and to apply online please refer to the following link:

Children will continue to receive free school meals and milk while parents are receiving the qualifying benefit. If you are unable to apply online please contact Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80.