Get help with school costs
The Welsh Government is offering help with school costs – find out about the support your child may be eligible for, as well as additional funding available for their school.
Your child may be eligible for the following support:
If your circumstances have changed recently, or if you receive certain benefits, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals.
Free School Meals promote healthy eating, increase the variety of food your child might eat, and can improve their behaviour and social skills.
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, your school could receive additional funding.
If your child already gets Free School Meals, there could be more financial help available through the School Essentials Grant.
This support can help with essentials like school uniform and equipment to make sure your child is ready for the school day.
You could be entitled to financial help of up to £200 for:
- school uniform, including coats and footwear
- school activities: this could include learning a musical instrument, sports kit and other equipment for after school activities
- classroom essentials: this could include pens, pencils and school bags
Schools have started to rollout Universal Primary Free School Meals. By September 2024, all children in primary school can enjoy Free School Meals.
If you have a child starting Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 in September, they will be entitled to Universal Primary Free School Meals. If your child is in Year 3 or older, your school will be able to tell you when they will be receiving Universal Primary Free School Meals.
Even if your child is entitled to Universal Primary Free School Meals, you will need to put in a request or register them, so the school knows how many meals to prepare.
To access other support, you will also still need to check eligibility even if your child is receiving Universal Primary Free School Meals.
Support for you and funding for your school
When you register for Free School Meals, your school could get additional funding.
Find out more about the extra funding available for your school through the Pupil Development Grant.