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Department for Education update: Access to free school meals for families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and the 2 year old early education entitlement for children

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May 6 2022

On Thursday 24 March, following a cross-government review, DfE confirmed the permanent extension of eligibility for free school meals to children from all families with NRPF, subject to specified income thresholds.

This permanent extension is now in place to ensure children can continue to access healthy, nutritious meals to help them concentrate, learn and achieve in the classroom. The department has published guidance which includes advice on how schools can check and validate eligibility.

Since September 2020, some NRPF households have also been able to access the 2 year old early education entitlement. The department is consulting on whether further NRPF groups should be eligible for this. The consultation is open to all schools and childcare settings and closes at 11:59pm on Friday 20 May.

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