Help with school and learning costs


There are financial costs associated with your child going to school or an early years setting. In some circumstances, your child may be entitled to one or more of the following.

Free school meals

If you are in receipt of certain benefits your child may be entitled to free school meals, saving you up to £450 per year per child. This scheme is available for school-age children and to post-16 students at a school with a sixth form or college.

Free early learning and childcare for 2 year olds

15 hours (over 38 weeks) free early learning and childcare for eligible 2 year olds. This is a maximum of 570 hours over a 12 month period, from the term after your child's second birthday.

Early Years Pupil Premium for 3 and 4 year olds

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding paid directly to your child's early years provider to support their learning and development.

Pupil Premium

If your child has been identified as being eligible for free school meals, additional funding is paid directly to the school to be used to support their learning. This is called Pupil Premium and applies to school-age children only.

16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is funding to help with education-related costs for young people aged 16 to 19 who are studying at school or college (not university) in England, or who are on a training course, including unpaid work experience. Each school and college will have their own scheme and qualifying criteria, but most, if not all, include these benefits as a starting point for eligibility.

Home to school transport

Some school children may be entitled to free school transport.