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Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme

The Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme is underpinned by the Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021 which came into force on 21 March 2021. You are advised to read this legislation prior to registering for the scheme and you should also visit the Scottish Government website to read the Guidance for the Scheme. The new scheme aims to improve children’s health and wellbeing, by establishing healthy eating habits, including regular consumption of quality dairy produce or non-dairy alternatives from an early age.

Registration for the scheme is now closed and will reopen in April 2023.

Eligible childcare settings which are registered with the Care Inspectorate and register for the new scheme will receive agreed funding via local authorities to provide cow’s milk (or, where children cannot drink cow’s milk, a specified alternative) and a portion of fruit or vegetables to pre-school children.

Children will receive the milk and healthy snack once a day, even if they attend more than one setting in a day. Parents and providers will be responsible for discussing how this should be managed in line with existing arrangements for agreeing division of responsibility for meals, with the expectation that the first setting that the child attends will provide the milk and snack.

Payments will be made to eligible childcare settings which have registered with their local authority for the new scheme.

Eligibility for the SMHSS

Daycare settings may apply to the local authority to register for the scheme where they:

  • Provide pre-school care to children for two hours or more per day.
  • Are registered with the Care Inspectorate.

It is open to all organisations or individual childminders who meet these requirements and not just those who work in partnership with the council. It could include playgroups or other early years organisations that look after young children for more than two hours a day.


The process is currently open for the new term 2022/23. New providers can join the scheme while it is open. Settings that were part of the scheme in the previous term are required to apply again this year in order to provide accurate and up-to-date information. Only settings who have registered for the scheme for 2022/23 can receive payment.

It is not possible to opt-in to part of the scheme. Settings registering for the scheme must offer both milk and a healthy snack to children except those under the age of six months who would not receive solid food. (Parents may decide to decline all or part of the offer and in this situation, settings are asked to document this). 


Payment will be made in advance, from date of registration up to 31 October 2022, and will be based on the information supplied at the point of registration.  Thereafter a further two payments will be made.

Following guidance from the Scottish Government, the Local Serving Rate for the Scheme will be a total Local Serving Rate of 58.2p per serving.

Settings must inform the local authority if their circumstances change significantly and it is recommended this should be done within a month of the change occurring.


As with any public spending, we are required to provide information to the Scottish Government on funding allocated.

Under the new scheme, there will not be a requirement for settings to provide proof of purchase, for example receipts, invoices, contracts although they will be asked to retain these in case they should be selected for monitoring purposes.

Please send any questions about the registration process to

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