The following guide gives useful information concerning the health benefits of milk, how the scheme works and a few ideas on introducing it. You also need to know that for the under fives the nursery scheme is used to recover the costs of supplying milk.
Milk for Schools ESSENTIAL GUIDE
Milk For School - Subsidy Scheme Changes
In 1996 the government removed funding from the school milk scheme, subsidies can no longer be claimed for catering milk or secondary schools. In 1993 the government had previously removed the funding for the cheese subsidy. However, subsidy can be claimed for primary and nursery school children for milk and plain yogurt.
Considering the valuable dietary benefits to young children provided by milk the continued availability of subsidy is vitally important. It is imperative that Local Education Authorities (LEAs) maximise the provision of milk in all their eligible schools.
This information seeks to remind us of the benefits of milk for school children and a simple outline of how the scheme works.
MILK FOR SCHOOLS - IMPORTANCE FOR CHILDREN
MILK is a natural food which makes an important contribution to child nutrition. As well as providing calories for energy, milk is rich in calcium for growth and bone density and a wide range of nutrients essential to child development. The value of milk has long been recognised and in the past school milk was provided free of charge in the Welfare State child health programme which operated between 1945 - 1972.
It is vitally important that schools capitalise on the availability of a European subsidy for the exceptional food - MILK. At present only 23/25% of primary schools are offering subsidised playtime/lunch time milk for children aged 4 to 11 years. 60% of these children are under 5 years of age and benefit via the Dept. for Health’s Welfare Scheme in conjunction with the EC School Milk Subsidy Scheme. This means 90% of UK primary school children aged between 5-11 years are not being offered the opportunity to benefit from the European funding.
Every child in
Europe (aged between 2.5 - 19 years) is eligible to benefit from the EC
school milk subsidy scheme - this subsidy is a tangible benefit for
every European family.
MILK FOR SCHOOLS -THE SUBSIDY SCHEME
OPERATION: Under the EC School Milk Subsidy Scheme subsidised milk and plain yogurt can be supplied to primary school children in all of the UK. The scheme is operated by the Rural payments Agency based in Exeter.
So exactly what is available?
As at Autumn 1999 the following milk/milk produce are available:
pasteurised/UHT/fresh milk (3.5% butterfat minimum)
How much can a child have?
Every eligible school child is allowed up to a maximum of 0.25 litre or 0.44 pints of milk or yogurt per day. However, in the UK it is more likely that 189ml will be supplied.
Who is eligible?
Subsidised milk can be available to all school children at:
Schools should fall into the following types:
MILK FOR SCHOOLS - HOW THE SCHEME WORKS
Please see the head teacher page for this.
The Rural Payments Agency -School Milk Section PO Box 277 Exeter EX5 1WB
Tel. 01392 266466 FAX 01392 266489 E-mail: DairySubsidySchemes@rpa.gsi.gov.uk
Dairy Council 164
Shaftsbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HL
Nursery Milk: Free milk for the under fives
Schools Central Claims Unit:
For information about Income Support free milk supply and free milk in Special Schools contact the Catering Dept. of your local authority for details of their supply policy.
- An information pack
The New Policy Institute also publish: Fit for School - How Breakfast Clubs Meet Health, Education and Childcare Needs (Nick Donovan & Cathy Street)
New Policy Institute 109 Coppergate House 16 Brune Street London E1 7NJ