From Sept 2014 schools must provide free school meals to all infants in reception, year 1 and 2.
The Children and Families Act 2014 places a legal duty on all state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools to offer a free school lunch to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 from September 2014.
Schools will be paid £2.30 for each meal and the government has allocated £150 million to support UIFSM for 2014-15.
Schools are legally required to provide meals that comply with the School Food Standards. These standards are intended to ensure that children get the nutrition they need across the whole school day. They govern all food and drink on offer within the school and apply across the school day, including breakfast, mid-morning break, lunchtime and food served after school.
Schools will offer a hot meal, but where not possible, this will be done as soon as possible.
Special dietary requirements – details can be found on the School Food Plan’s UIFSM Toolkit
The Dept of Education Guidance can be downloaded on the link here Freeschoolmeals-1