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Extending Free School Meals Written Answer, 15/01/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Liam McArthur (LibDem) question asking the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to extending free school meals to those two-year-olds who are eligible for free early learning and childcare and attend school-based nurseries.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied under section 53(3) and (3AA) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, all young children who are eligible for statutory early learning and childcare are entitled to a free school lunch where they meet the same eligibility criteria as for all pupils, and where they attend an education authority setting over the middle of the day. This applies to children aged two and over, who are still under school age, and who have not yet commenced attendance at a primary school.

It is proposed that, for the additional two year olds that will become eligible for early learning and childcare in 2015, their eligibility will be based on the free school lunch criteria. Accordingly, these children will be eligible for a free school meal where they attend an education authority setting over the middle of the day.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 15 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 15 January 2015