School and nursery milk in the UK
Having milk available for drinking in schools and nurseries across the UK is a great way to ensure children receive vital nutrients whilst they're growing. The School and Nursery Milk Alliance is in great support of keeping this provision active and readily available. With the introduction of the milk legislation as part of the school food plan, it means that is now easier than ever for children to access milk and keep their calcium intake topped up.
 
Milk in nurseries
Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml serving of milk whilst in attendance at any Ofsted or charity registered day care provider.
 
This daily serving of milk mid-morning offers many nutritional and social benefits for children at a key time in their development.
 
Milk in schools
Milk is an important part of a child's diet. It is one of the few drinks allowed in school under the latest government's food-based and nutrient-based standards and provides a number of health benefits and social opportunities to ensure children get the most out of the school day.

An ideal accompaniment to your school's free fruit scheme, milk for children under five remains free, and milk is also available for children over five at a subsidised cost. 

 
The School Food Plan
From 1st January 2015, schools across England are legally required to ensure milk is made available during the school day to all pupils who want it. This is because milk is an important part of children’s diets.  The actual requirement is as follows:
 
“Lower fat milk or lactose reduced milk must be available for drinking at least once per day, during school hours.”
 
Compulsory, rather than voluntary, standards are proven to help schools ensure that children get the nutrition they need across the whole school day.