Next steps for Nursery Milk

Closed 23 Oct 2012

Opened 18 Jun 2012


The Nursery Milk Scheme has been running since the 1940s. The scheme currently funds free milk for around 1.5 million children under five years old in 55,000 childcare settings throughout Great Britain.

The Government is committed to retaining the Nursery Milk Scheme.

In recent years, however, the prices claimed for milk purchased under the scheme have risen significantly, with a corresponding increase in the total cost of the scheme.

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is therefore to explore three different options for modernising the scheme, looking at where we can make it more efficient as well as improving its value for money, while ensuring that no parent, child or childcare provider is disadvantaged and that all children under five in childcare settings continue to receive free milk.

We are particularly keen to hear from:

  • parents and other primary carers of under fives;
  • childcare providers and early years settings (including primary school reception classes) and the organisations that represent them;
  • healthcare professionals such as health visitors and dietitians;
  • local authorities;
  • producers, suppliers, distributors and retailers of milk, and their representative bodies, who are either currently involved in supplying milk under the scheme or would like to be in the future;
  • any other interested parties.


  • Health visitors
  • Dieticians
  • Childcare providers
  • Local authority
  • Local Authority CEs
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Childcare providers
  • Early years settings
  • Milk producers
  • Milk suppliers
  • Milk distributers
  • Milk retailers
  • Milk industry bodies


  • Nutrition
  • Children's health and development
  • Public health
  • Childcare
  • Dairy industry