This year has seen the introduction of free school meals for all schoolchildren aged four to seven.
The £1billion flagship policy was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and rolled out to all schools in September.
But it seems the East of England has one of the lowest take-ups in the country with almost two in ten children taking a packed lunch instead.
ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft went to one school in Hitchin to find out how the free meals are going down there
Nearly 700 people have commented in a consultation over plans to close some children's centres in Northamptonshire and 124 people have been to 10 public meetings.
The County Council wants to change the way it delivers children's services by using other buildings such as libraries, instead.
Some parents have criticised the plans saying they wont get the help they need.
The consultation closes today and the comments will considered by the council in February, with any changes approved by councillors introduced in April.
ITV News Anglia has produced a series of reports on the education of children and young people after exclusion from school.
18-year-old Kahmal Sealey from Norwich has turned his life around after being permanently excluded from school.
Kahmal went to the Short Stay School for Norfolk two years ago, after his behaviour got him into serious trouble. He and his father feared the worst, but the trauma of being kicked out of school was just the beginning of Kahmal's transformation.
Click below to watch the report by ITV News Anglia Education Correspondent Elodie Harper
Life as a teenager can be difficult and confusing - even more so when you are excluded from school.
In the second of our series of reports on education after exclusion, we meet 15 year old Destiny. She tells us what life is like when you go to a school where all your classmates have been excluded too.
And her head teacher tells ITV News that increasing numbers of children are being kicked out, as schools struggle to improve their results.
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In a series of reports, ITV News Anglia is looking at at how some of the East of England's most challenging and vulnerable children are educated.
We were given exclusive access to film at The Short Stay School for Norfolk - an academy with 8 sites across the county which takes in the children other schools have permanently excluded.
We start off at The Compass - a centre in Great Yarmouth run jointly with the NHS - which teaches children who have faced enormous challenges in their short lives.
One child there, 8 year old Josh, told Elodie Harper his story.
The Prince of Wales has been joining a thousand budding scientists in Essex as part of a royal visit.
He's been at the Big Bang Fair in Colchester, which demonstrates the importance of science to youngsters.
Prince Charles has been seeing how cow-tracking technology can improve the animals' welfare and how a computer game is being used to model Alzheimer's disease.