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There are two types of Free School Meals:

Income based free school meals

Universal free school meals

To qualify for free school meals a parent must:

Qualifying Benefits

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits paid directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

Universal Free School Meals  If a child attends a state funded infant school and is in Reception/Key Stage 1, they are entitled to ‘universal infant free school meals’ regardless of their parent/carer’s income.