School meals

Pupils who are eligible for free school meals have the option to claim weekly shopping vouchers from their schools during the coronavirus outbreak. Schools across the borough are currently providing meals for children, but parents can also ask for the £15 weekly vouchers to spend in a number of supermarkets. Please liaise with your individual schools for further information.

Key workers and schools

Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school or nursery place, as long as their parent’s or carer’s job cannot be done from home. However, every child that can be safely cared for at home should remain at home to help stop the virus from spreading. If both parents/carers are key workers and one of them is able to provide childcare they should do so. Please contact your individual schools and nurseries to find out about the provisions they have in place.

Help with your child's learning at home

We have compiled a list of the best websites that offer free learning resources, ideas, activities, lessons and more, for you to use at home. View the list

School closures

Schools in Havering and across the UK will close as part of the government’s response to curb the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). From Friday (20 March 2020) schools will be closed until further notice but will remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. Read our full school closure statement

Free school meals and pupil premium

The government's free school meals program aims to provide a nutritionally balanced meal for as many children as possible. To check your eligibility read the criteria section then click the link below.

Apply for free school meals

Criteria

If you or your child is receiving any of the following benefits you may be eligible for free school meals:

If it is confirmed that your child is entitled to free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in on 31 March 2022. There will be no need to inform your school or the council if your personal circumstances change.

Infant free school meals

Regardless of benefits or household earnings your child will be able to receive free school meals if they are in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2

All infant age children will receive free school dinners, however it is still worth notifying us if you meet the above criteria using the link above as your child's school will receive additional funding.

Also, if it is known that your child is eligible while in infant classes, they will continue to receive free school meals after they have left year 2 even if by then your personal circumstances have changed.

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