Milk is packed full of energy, protein and a whole range of vitamins and minerals including calcium, which is essential for the development of strong bones and teeth.
The Welsh Government sees free school milk as an integral part of our whole healthy school's agenda and it is on expert dietary advice that milk is available in schools.
Free milk schemes in schools
One third of a pint of milk is provided each day during term time for each school child until the age of 7.
- Free milk for key stage 1 in Wales: eligible pupils under this scheme will be pupils in reception class, year 1 and year 2 of Primary education.
- Welfare under five school milk scheme: eligible pupils under this scheme will be pupils in all Nursery Classes.
EU subsidised milk scheme in schools
A number of schools in Caerphilly borough provide a third of a pint of milk to key stage 2 pupils in Junior education (8-11 years of age). Milk is sold at a reduced cost, as this is part funded by the EU School Milk Subsidy Scheme. Parents are charged per term in advance. Participation in the scheme is optional for schools although we encourage all Governing Bodies to take up the opportunity.
Contact your child's school to find out if they support this scheme.
For more information about free milk in schools or if you have a general enquiry about school meals, contact Catering Services on 01495 235300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.