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Free School Meals

All children in reception, year 1 or year 2 at a state funded school (whether maintained, academy, free or learning centre) are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.  This does not apply to children in school nursery classes unless they are eligible for free school meals for income reasons.

However, parents of infants who might be entitled are still strongly encouraged to apply for free school meals because it enables their school to access additional funding which is used to provide additional support to improve access to learning. It may also, depending upon individual school policies, give parents access to help with uniform costs or the cost of school trips for example.

Children in Year 3 and above may be also entitled to receive Free School Meals if parents are in receipt of financial support, please contact the ‘Dorset for You’ website for full details: www.dorsetforyou.com/free-school-meals or phone 01305 221000 (Dorset Schools), 01202 456222 (Bournemouth Schools) or 01202 634250 (Poole Schools).

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