From September 2014 there will be 2 types of free school meals:
All pupils in year groups Reception, Years 1 and 2 can have a free meal.
You do not need to apply for a free infant school meal, but you do need to tell the school if your child wants one.
More about free school meals for infant children.
All pupils that meet the eligibility criteria can have a free school meal in any school year group.
You need to apply for an income based free school meal.
Check your eligibility and apply for income based free meals.
Information about free school meals