Who can have milk?
Milk is available to all pupils and is supplied to the school by a company called School Milk UK. Milk is ordered and paid for online by the parent/carer.
The following children automatically qualify for a free drink of milk:
Children who qualify for Pupil Premium Free School Meals
- Children who are under the age of 5 *
*Children are entitled to receive free milk until the start of the term in which they turn 5
How to order and pay for milk
Parents will need to log onto the School Milk Web site in order to register your child(ren) and pay the dairy directly for your child’s milk. This is a very simple process and once you have registered there is no need to register again.
If you would like your child to be part of the scheme, you can register on-line at www.schoolmilkuk.co.uk
If you choose to opt into this scheme, your child will receive a 189ml (1/3 pint) carton of fresh chilled Semi-Skimmed milk each school day, to drink mid-morning. The cost of this milk is currently 21p per day, payable in advance.
You can choose to pay termly or annually. If choosing to pay termly, please remember to place your order the week before the new term begins.
You can pay for your child’s milk on-line using PayPal, World Pay or Credit/Debit card. You can also pay them directly by cheque.
School Milk UK ensures us that their on-line ordering and payment facility is fully secure. You will be asked to enter a valid email address and create a password, and will then be given a unique reference number which you should use when making a payment.
Some benefits of drinking cow’s milk
Cow’s milk is highly rich in calcium content, which is essential during childhood and teen years for the growth and development of bones. A portion of milk can aid concentration in class, by ensuring your child is fully hydrated. A drink of milk can also boost your child’s energy levels.
A 189ml carton of whole milk (4% fat) or semi-skimmed milk (1.7% fat) contains less fat than popular snacks such as a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar, and because of its nutritional value, milk is a healthier alternative that can help to fill the gap between breakfast and lunch.
Each 189ml carton of milk contains 300mg of calcium. 300mg is a huge step towards the Government RDA (recommended daily allowance). Government guidelines recommend that the RDA for a child between the ages of 1-3 receive 500mg of calcium per day, and the RDA for children between the ages of 4-8 is 800mg
If your child suffers an allergy to cow’s milk, School Milk UK can offer Goats milk, Rice milk or Soya milk**
** Prices will differ to that of cow’s milk