Helping you with the cost of living

Childcare costs

You could get help with childcare costs, including:

You may be eligible for more help, including national funding.

School meals

Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 automatically get free school meals. This is called Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) and you do not need to apply for it.

Children in year 3 and above may be eligible for free school meals.

Children and young people aged 2 to 19 may also be eligible for free meal vouchers during the school holidays.

School transport

Children in primary or secondary school could be eligible for free school transport.

Holiday clubs

The Essex ActivAte programme offers free clubs for eligible children and young people during the school holidays. Booking is now open for the winter holiday.

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