Day Care Foods Scheme

The Day Care Foods Scheme enables children under five to receive, free of charge, 189 ml (one third of a pint) of milk each day they attend approved day care facilities for two hours or more. Babies aged under one may instead receive dried baby milk made up to 189 ml (one third of a pint).

Day care providers who have been approved to supply milk under the Scheme can be reimbursed the cost of the milk they supply. The scheme is administered by the Business Services Organisation, Day Care Foods Team, on behalf of the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland.

Who may apply?

You may apply for approval to participate in the Scheme if you are:

  • a person who receives a child into premises which are registered pursuant to Article 118 of the 1995 Order
  • a voluntary organisation which provides a play-bus for the use of children, or
  • a person who receives a child into nursery school under the management of or assisted by and Education and Library Board.

NOTE

Day care provided for less than two hours in a day does not qualify for approval under the scheme. Parents and relatives of the child and privately-employed nannies are NOT eligible under the Scheme.

Application for Approval

If you wish to take part in the Scheme, you first must register with the Business Services Organisation before you can receive payment for the milk and dried milk you supply.

Registration forms to take part in the Scheme can be obtained from Day Care Foods Team, Business Services Organisation, Pinewood Villa, 73 Loughgall Road, Armagh, BT61 7PR. If your application for approval is successful, Day Care Foods will register you under the Scheme and will send you the forms to claim reimbursement.

Claiming Payment

At the end of each 3 month period, you should send your completed claim form, along with valid receipts, to Day Care Foods Team, Business Services Organisation, Pinewood Villa, 73 Loughgall Road, Armagh, BT61 7PR.

The Day Care Foods Team will check your claim to see that it is consistent with your registration details and is otherwise correct. Once the claim is processed, payment will be made by BACS (Banker's Automated Clearing Service).