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School milk beyond reception year

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RatOnnaStick Sat 06-Aug-16 21:46:01

How many of you pay for milk after age 6? I'm interested because I have just automatically renewed ds's milk subscription for yr 1 knowing that he drinks it every morning without fail and pretty much never bothers with the fruit on offer but I've just had a chat with a friend who says her daughter is the only one in her class who still has it, she's just finished yr 1.

I guess my question is: is it usual to continue it up the school and what age is it most common to stop? I am quite happy for him to have it for as long as he wants of course.

Muddlingalongalone Sat 06-Aug-16 21:52:13

My dd barely drank it in reception so I didn't pay for summer term in reception & I won't bother next year.
As far as I could make out from dd it was just on offer to everyone rather than being specifically given to those who pay although that might change in yr1

RatOnnaStick Sat 06-Aug-16 21:56:33

I know that up to age 5 it's on offer anyway. DS was 5 in September and he does love milk so I was quite happy to pay for reception year as he would have drunk it anyway given the chance. It won be just the for year 1 though. I wonder if he will be in a minority this year?

irvineoneohone Sat 06-Aug-16 22:26:08

My ds was drinking milk up to end of yr2, although he is allergic to normal milk so he had to bring in his own from home.
He said nearly whole class was having milk up to end of yr2.

madamginger Sat 06-Aug-16 22:54:00

DD still has milk and she's just finished year 4. I think about 10 kids in her class have it still.
DS2 in reception has it as well, we had to pay as he was 5 in September, DS1 in doesn't have it in year 2 but only because they have it during morning break and he'd rather play.
We have a choice between semi skimmed or soya milk

Elisheva Sat 06-Aug-16 22:57:34

I paid for DS to have it in year 1, he was one of three or four children to still have it and hated being different! Stopped it after Xmas.

BeMorePanda Sat 06-Aug-16 22:58:51

I've never been asked to pay for milk at school. DC are 8&5

madamginger Sat 06-Aug-16 23:06:12

It costs 19p a day for a 250ml carton at our school

mrz Sun 07-Aug-16 06:17:27

Schools must provide free milk for children under 5 and since 2015 those pupils who are entitled to free school meals. There are many school milk schemes around the country that school and parents can sign up to pay for milk

blackteaplease Sun 07-Aug-16 06:43:58

Dd had milk in year 1 and said that most of her class were still on milk. She has decided not to have it in year 2.

Sirzy Sun 07-Aug-16 06:44:53

Ds won't touch milk as much as I try to encourage it so have never paid. From what he says most still do though - he is going into year 2

Ditsy4 Sun 07-Aug-16 09:24:18

I work in a school. The kids have it right up to Year 6 they plead to go and collect itgrin The year groups I taught last year all had about half the class having milk. So between 12 -16 kids from Year 3 up. Not sure how many in Year 6. Had it but some did because I occasionally saw them going to fetch it.

Ditsy4 Sun 07-Aug-16 09:26:17

Oops . Had ! Should be Year 6 had

TheNumberfaker Sun 07-Aug-16 09:28:41

Loads still have it in Y1 but it does peter out as they get older. We have 1 or 2 in Y6.

PhloppysFonics Sun 07-Aug-16 09:28:51

A handful of children in each class have it at my school after year 2.

DontCallMeBaby Sun 07-Aug-16 09:36:35

DD had it a long way through primary school - possibly to Yr 6, can't remember. She was terrible at drinking water through the day but did drink her milk, so kept it going as much for that as anything else.

Definitely tailed off in the class as time passed though.

AppleAndBlackberry Sun 07-Aug-16 09:39:02

Mine only had it while it was free, they're quite happy to eat the free fruit now and they get enough dairy the rest of the time.

Minikievs Sun 07-Aug-16 09:45:32

My DS had it in year 1. He was one of 4-5 out of 75 kids. I stopped it after one term as it was pointless, he just wanted to grab a piece of fruit, use the water fountain and go out to play like everyone else. He still drinks quite a lot of milk at home, so it doesn't really matter that he's not having it at school

Hannahfftl Sun 07-Aug-16 09:50:44

My school offers free milk up to year two and the majority of children in year two, one and reception do drink it, with just a few in each class who don't.

LunaLoveg00d Sun 07-Aug-16 10:02:22

School milk is a thing of the past in Scotland - nobody gets it. Milk is offered as a drink option with school lunches, but it's a long way from the lukewarm bottles in the classroom.

mrz Sun 07-Aug-16 11:04:59

Yes the advent of fridges in schools means free milk is now "cool" wink

Rattusn Sun 07-Aug-16 11:38:48

This is new to many that anyone pays for milk at school. Our school has free milk, as well as fruit (is that standard?). Dd is always hungry so I'm glad for the extra sustenance!

mrz Sun 07-Aug-16 12:46:55

Free fruit for children in nursery,reception and KS1 is standard

pippitysqueakity Sun 07-Aug-16 13:05:42

Um Loona, not everywhere in Scotland. Lots of children get free milk at least up to P2.

pippitysqueakity Sun 07-Aug-16 13:06:46

Sorry, Luna, total autocorrect.

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