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The government has decided that the best option for the Nursery Milk Scheme is the direct supply option. This is when a company, or group of companies, contract with the Department to supply milk directly to childcare settings. The analysis and rationale supporting this decision are set out in the consultation response document.
To make changing to the new scheme easier, the department is also planning to change the time limit for making a claim under the existing scheme from 2 years to 6 months from October 2014.
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The government has also updated the Impact Assessment on the proposed options.
The pipeline notice for organisations interested in participating in the modernised scheme has also been published.
The government wants your views on exploring 4 different options to reform the Nursery Milk Scheme:
- leave the scheme as it currently exists
- cap the price that can be claimed for milk by childcare providers
- issue evoucher cards which childcare providers can use to purchase milk
- introduce a government contract with an external provider to directly supply and deliver milk to all childcare providers
A survey for all childcare providers currently registered with the scheme is running alongside the consultation until 30 September. It asks about how it works for them now and how they and the children they care for might be affected by any changes.