The ECS is working normally
Please move onto the following new URL as soon as possible: All other URL’s and endpoints before 2017 will be decommissioned on 31 AUGUST 2019. This only applies to LA's using ECS webservices.

DWP currently have an issue with their FOIL server which may result in a System Error when LAs perform checks. DWP are working to resolve this issue.


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.

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: