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free milk in reception class

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by jswif, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. just out of curiosity.... how do you manage the free milk thing? do you ask over 5's to pay for it or not have it at all in reception classes?
     
  2. Over 5's have to pay for it...some do...some just choose to have water.
     
  3. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    We give out a Cool Milk leaflet (C.M. is our local supplier). Parents choose whether or not to register. 4 year olds get it free if their parents register, but don't get it otherwise (which saves waste from children who don't like milk). Parents can choose to register and pay for their 5 year olds. Free milk stops for 4 year olds from the end of the week in which they have their 5th birthday. Some parents decide to pay for milk from that point, whilst other children stop having milk.
     
  4. We have a 2 litre bottle/container of milk (had 2 before xmas) and we just give it to whoever wants it. We don't ask 5 year olds to pay for it. We only have about 10 kids who like it anyway and we always have some left. Find it a bit hard to say to a child "sorry you've got to pay for this" whilst their best friend who is still 4 is sat there drinking it!
    Don't see why it can't be free for the whole of the Reception year!
    Lou
     

  5. I was thinking the same! We either offer them all milk, or none at all. How do you explain to the children that now they're 5 they can't have milk anymore?
     
  6. Our school pays for the children that are 5. We have loads left over, as not many of the children actually drink it, so Year One often get some too.
     
  7. School pays for milk so that the whole of the EYFS and KS1 recieve a carton on milk each day. Also pays for every child in KS2 to get a piece of fruit every day alongside the younger children. We are however in a very deprived area so feel that this is very important for the children.
    In previous schools Ive worked at all children have received milk in Reception, again funded by the school.
     
  8. Honey Loop

    Honey Loop New commenter

    we used to get the free milk for nursery and pay for reception out of the school budget, but we found that loads of bottles were getting wasted as the children were just taking small sips then by the time thy came back for the rest, it had gone warm and the children didn't like it. so, I cancelled reception's milk order and we just manage with nursery's quota.
    Now, we use a jug system, too. It comfortably holds 4 bottles without being too heavy. The children only take what they can drink and the rest of the bottles are stored in the fridge until the jug needs refilled. That way the rest of the milk doesn't get warm or sour sitting around the classroom waiting for the children to drink it
     

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