Section 4: Transition from UK Nursery Milk Scheme
22.1 The UK NMS will cease to operate in Scotland from 31 July 2021 and there is no option for Scottish settings to continue to use it after that date.
22.2 Scottish Ministers want to make it as easy as possible for settings to transition to the new Scottish Healthy Milk and Snack Scheme. To ensure there is no gap in provision for day care providers and childminders the following transition process has been agreed:
- any milk provided to the children in settings on the current scheme up to and on 31 July 2021 will be funded by the UK NMS via the current claims and reimbursement model through the National Milk Reimbursement Unit
- claims for milk provided up to and on the 31 July can be submitted to the UK NMS for 6 months i.e. within 6 months from the date of the claim and before 31 January 2022
- any milk provided on and after the 1 August 2021 will be the funded through the new Scheme where settings have registered for the SMHSS;
- where a childcare provider registers for the Scheme after 1 August and within the Scheme year, payment in respect of that period must be made within 4 weeks of the date of registration. Payment should normally be back-dated no further than the date of registration; however in Scheme year 1, in order to avoid any interruption to the supply of milk, authorities will wish to consider whether it is appropriate for payment to be backdated to a date earlier in Scheme year 1 where it is clear that the benefit has been provided.
22.3 Settings that were registered with the UK NMS will have received confirmation of the changes from the Department of Health and Social Care. Settings are encouraged to ensure that outstanding claims have been submitted by the deadline to ensure that these will be paid.
22.4 As noted above, settings registering for the SMHSS are encouraged to discuss new billing arrangements with their suppliers at the earliest opportunity.