03/08/2020 - 09:50 - The ECS is working as normal.

The Covid Summer Food Fund is available to provide support where needed to Y11 and Y13 pupils who were confirmed as eligible and claiming benefits-related free school meals during the summer term.IMPORTANT:

If you connect to the ECS via a webservice please ensure that you can connect via TLS 1.2 as TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 have now been disabled.


Welcome to the ECS.

Welcome to the Eligibility Checking System.

This site allows you to perform queries for checking eligibility for:
  • free school meals
  • funded early learning for two year olds (this applies to England only)
  • Early Years Pupil Premium (this applies to England only)
  • 30 Hours Free Childcare (this applies to England only)

Note: This system is for use by invitation only. By continuing to use this system you are agreeing to any criteria outlined in your invitation.

If you are a Local Authority user of the ECS and require assistance, please email the DfE ECS Service Desk

Knowledge Hub – Previously Communities of Practice

To network and share experiences with colleagues using the Eligibility Checking Service and for ideas about how to get applications online and maximise take up, you can visit the Knowledge Hub which is part of the Local Government Association website at: