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All children under five will continue to have the chance to get free milk in preschool settings according to the recent announcement from Downing Street. The Government has confirmed that 1/3 pint of milk will be given to all under fives who attend a day care setting.
It had been reported that Anne Milton, UK Health Minster, intended to scrap the scheme on the grounds of cost. It currently costs around £50m (double what it was five years ago). By 2011/12 it is expected to cost around £59m a year. Instead of providing milk, the value of Health Start vouchers were to be increased, which would help the poorest families rather than all under fives no matter what their parent's income level.
Milk is vital to children's development. It contains vitamins and minerals that are important for growth and development as well as calcium which is important for healthy teeth and bones.
However, Downing Street has confirmed that free milk is set to stay!