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Free school meals - nursery

If your child is in Nursery and aged 2 - 5

If your child is in Nursery and aged 2-5 and you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income based Job Seeker's Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105.
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) and your income is less than £6,420
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610
  • State Pension Credit
  • Incapacity and Severe Disablement Allowance

Looked after and accommodated children are also eligible.

How do I apply for free school meals?

Apply online

Alternatively, application forms are available from any Perth & Kinross Council school or from Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth.

Supporting evidence from Jobcentre Plus must be dated within 6 weeks of the date of your claim and Tax Credit Award Notices (TC602) must relate to financial year 2020/2021.

A photograph of your evidence taken from your smart phone is acceptable.

If you submit an application form for the start of session 2020/2021 and have not received a response by Tuesday 4 August 2020, please contact this office.

Free school meal claims will not be backdated and entitlement will start from the date applications are processed by Education & Children's Services.

1140: Family mealtime dining experience

All ELC settings in Perth and Kinross are encouraged to provide all children with a "Family Meal Time" dining experience in line with national guidance. The aim in this is to offer a lunchtime meal in a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment that gives children a key opportunity for quality learning time and supports language and communication, the development of social skills and encourages healthy food choices and positive eating habits. We also believe that mealtimes are valuable for building relationships and supporting inclusion.

The menu in our ELC settings supports this approach by providing a balanced and nutritious meal that all children can enjoy together, with a choice of sides that they can serve themselves, with support, to promote independence. The menu offered has been carefully planned to suit the tastes of most children, based on feedback from the Council's own ELC staff, who are guided by the children they care for, to ensure there is a wide variation of meals offered. Staff also encourage children to try new foods and develop healthy eating habits in a relaxed way.

Alternative options are available for those children who require substitutions due to food allergies or intolerances, or for cultural/religious reasons. In addition to this all children in ELC have access to milk and a healthy snack during their session.

As part of the phasing of the expansion of ELC, the Care Inspectorate supported our pilot "Family Meal Times" within settings and stated its appreciation for the high-quality interactions taking place with the children. Now that we have moved to full implementation of the expansion of ELC, all children will experience the "Family Meal Time" dining experience.

Significant preparation of staff has taken place prior to the introduction of the Family Meal Time experience, so we would encourage you to raise any questions you may have about how the new menu operates with them. Staff in our ELC settings are ready to work with you as parents/carers to ensure your child(ren) can enjoy their snack and meal time.

Contact details

Schools Division

2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH
Tel 01738 476200