The Scheme will fund a daily portion of plain fresh cow’s milk (or a specified alternative) and a healthy snack (fruit or vegetables) for pre-school children spending 2 hours or more in the care of a regulated day care provider and/or childminders who have registered for the Scheme. This Scheme will replace the current UK Nursery Milk Scheme from 1 August 2021. Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme: guidance for local authorities and day care settings - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
The scheme is available to all early learning and childcare providers who are registered with the Care Inspectorate. This includes playgroups and other early years organisations within West Dunbartonshire that look after young children for more than two hours a day
The Scheme is available to all regulated settings offering pre-school day care, regardless of whether they are in receipt of ELC funding.
Only children who attend regulated childcare settings which have registered with West Dunbartonshire Council to be part of the Scheme, will be eligible.
The scheme will be delivered by West Dunbartonshire Council who have been delegated prescribed Ministerial functions in the Regulations.
Following the recommendation of the Settlement and Distribution Group, the Scottish Government agreed a Local Serving Rate for all Councils for year one.
1 August 2021- 31 July 2022
The childcare setting is responsible for providing the milk and healthy snack.
Children need to attend the setting for 2 hours or more on an individual day.
Children will receive the benefit offered through the Scheme once per calendar day regardless of how many additional hours they spend in an individual setting.
Where children attend more than one setting in a day, they should still receive the benefit once per calendar day.
If a child has already received SMHSS by the time they attend your setting you are not required to provide this again.
The expectation is that the first setting in which the child spends 2 hours or more will provide the milk and healthy snack unless agreed otherwise.
Settings should retain proof of purchase i.e. receipts, invoices, contracts in case they should be selected for monitoring by West Dunbartonshire Council.
A setting may not charge parents or carers for the healthy snack and milk funded by the Scheme (SMHSS). If arrangements are in place for payment of additional snacks this is not affected by this Scheme.
Parents may decide to decline all or part of the offer and in this situation, settings are asked to document this.
Funding is based on what local authority the setting is registered with and not where the child lives.
Yes, settings are required to opt into the Scheme. This is because any setting participating in the Scheme will be obliged to adhere to the Regulations, including provision of the benefit and monitoring and reporting obligations.
Register for the SMHSS
There is a range of information required which will be requested separately by West Dunbartonshire Council and any other relevant information which Scottish Ministers reasonably require in order to register the childcare provider.
The Scottish Government’s guidance suggests that settings:
Over time, you may also wish to adjust your projections to take account of seasonal change (e.g. lower attendance in holiday months); regular patterns of absence etc. For example, if you are a nursery with a capacity of 80, you might have anywhere between 80 and 160 children attending for 2 hours or more in one calendar day. You might estimate provision as follows:
Average attendance = required servings
Estimated Annual Total:
Weekly total (average) - 368
Number of weeks open between 1 Aug and 31 March - 34 *
Number of weeks open between 1 April and 31 July - 16
Total number of weeks open in Scheme Year - 50
Anticipated servings: 1 Aug - 31 March 34 x 368 = 12,512
Anticipated servings: 1 April - 31 July 16 x 368 = 5,888
* or registration date if joining the Scheme post 1 August 2021
West Dunbartonshire Council will make three payments during the Scheme Year; 2 August 2021, 29 November 2021 and 1 April 2022.
Payment in respect of that period will be made within 4 weeks of the date of registration. Funding will not be backdated to cover a period prior to the date of registration.