School Meals content Pupils in primary schools are offered two-course meals. Secondary schools operate self-service cafeterias. There is a fixed charge for a meal in a primary school. The current cost of a primary school meal is £2.15 per day. In secondary schools, the cost varies according to what the individual pupil chooses from the menu. The provision of meals for pupils in special schools is similar to that in primary schools. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, on the production of medical advice. Arrangements can be made for pupils who require special diets by contacting the Head Teacher. Menus for Primary School Meals The Nursery and Primary Menu provide a variety of dishes where the children are encouraged to eat their lunch along side their friends in a calm and inviting atmosphere. The children are encouraged by school staff to taste and try dishes that they may not be familiar with and are encouraged to eat a healthy, well balanced meal. By visiting the interactive site you can get more details on the recipes and nutritional information on the current menu used within the schools. Visit Tayside Contracts School Catering website The pictures relate to the current menu cycle and are there to help children recognise the meal they will be ordering for their lunch. Some special diet requests can be catered for and must be requested through the school the pupil attends and medical letters must be provided in regards to allergies. For details on a special diet request please contact your nursery or primary school. Apply for Free School Meals All Primary 1 to 5 children have the option of a free healthy school meal from January 2022. From January 2022 if you wish your P1 to P5 child to have a lunch then there is no requirement to complete the free school meal application form, but they will need to follow school procedure for ordering the meal.From Primary 6 onwards parents will need to apply for free school meals. Free school meals are available to all pupils whose parents receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance - Income Based, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit where take home pay is less than £660 per month, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Child Tax Credit ONLY with an income of less than £17,005, or BOTH Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income less than £7,920 (as assessed by HMRC). Application forms can be submitted online: School Meal Application Form If we've asked you to provide documents and/or information to support a claim, you don’t need to visit our offices or send documents through the post. You can supply this information using our online evidence upload form. If you require any further information or assistance please contact: Customer Contact CentreDundee House, 50 North Lindsay StreetDundee DD1 1QETel: 01382 433458 Other available grants Social Security Scotland have introduced a Best Start Grant which is made up of three payments. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment was launched successfully on 10 December 2018, the Early Learning Payment launched on 29 April 2019 and the School Age Payment opened for applications on 3 June 2019. As part of a programme of measures, including the Baby Box, targeted at children's early years, the aim of the payments is to support parents and tackle inequality, improving health outcomes and raising attainment. A Pregnancy and Baby Payment of £600 for a first child and £300 for any subsequent child. This will help with expenses in pregnancy or of having a new child. There will be an extra £300 if you have a multiple birth; An Early Learning Payment of £250. This will help with costs with early learning at around the time a child may take up a nursery place, to support child development; and A School Age Payment of £250. This will help with the costs of preparing for primary school. For further information about Best Start Grants can be found on the Scottish Government website. Free School Meals during the school holidays Support for those in receipt of free school meals will continue during the school holidays. A sum of £72 per child will be paid into bank accounts from Thursday 30 June 2022. These payments do not apply to children who only receive free school meals due to only being in primary 1 to 5. For children in P1 to P3 you need to have been paid a Clothing Grant during 2021/22, and for P4 and above you need to also be in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance - Income Based, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit where take home pay is less than £625 per month, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Child Tax Credit ONLY with an income of less than £16,105, or BOTH Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income less than £7,500 (as assessed by HMRC).