How do I enable UPFSM for Year groups?

The Welsh Government has made a commitment to provide free school meals (UPFSM) to all primary school pupils.

  This article will teach you...

How to access and edit the Year groups to enable the UPFSM function for meal selection users.


UPFSM is called UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals) throughout the Cypad system. If UPFSM is being rolled out at a different rate to other school, you may be required to change the names of the Year groups in your MIS.

Meal Selection users

The Years page in Payments Admin can be used to enable UPFSM for the Year groups that are entitled to receive a free school meal at lunchtime under the UPFSM program.

  1. Go to Payments > Admin and click the Years [1] option enable_UiSFM.jpg
  2. Click a Year group [2] in the table to open the Year Details
  3. Click the UISFM checkbox [3] then the Save [4] button.

Meal Manager Users

A member of the support team can apply the UPFSM flag to your account for the appropriate year groups on request.

ParentPay customers please contact Support via our online support request form.

Schoolcomms customers please contact Support via our online support request form

Do I need to set a UPFSM status for new year groups updated via ParentPay or Schoolcomms?

Yes, if new year groups are added via ParentPay or Schoolcomms you will need to manually tick the UIFSM checkbox in Payments > Admin > Years.