From this term, all four to seven-year-olds in state-funded infant schools in England will be entitled to a free hot meal at lunchtime every day.
What is changing?
All state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools, will have a legal duty to offer free meals for all four to seven-year-olds under the Universal Infant Free School Meals policy.
Under the new policy an extra 1.55m children will be entitled to a free hot meal every lunchtime, bringing the eligible total to more than 1.9m youngsters
The scheme is expected to save parents about £400 per year per child.