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Free milk for under 5's (Nursery Milk Scheme)

The Nursery Milk Scheme enables:

  • Children under 5 to receive free of charge 189 ml (1/3 pint) of milk for each day they attend approved day care facilities for 2 hours or more.
  • Babies aged under 12 months may instead receive dried baby milk made up to 189ml (1/3 pint).

Day care providers who have been approved to supply milk under the scheme can be reimbursed the cost of the milk they supply.

Who can apply for approval?

  • A registered childminder
  • A registered day care provider
  • A local authority which provides day care
  • Those providing day care to children under 5 in schools or establishments that are exempt from registration
  • Those providing day care in a nursery or creche for the children (under 5 years old) of management and staff of certain establishments (eg children's homes, voluntary or community homes, NHS hospitals which are exempt from registration)

* Note: Day care provided for less than two hours in a day does not qualify for approval under the scheme. Parents and relatives of the child and privately employed nannies are also not eligible under the scheme.

Who to contact

0844 991 4444
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