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NMRU & The Nursery Milk Scheme


Are you a childminder or run a nursery in England or Wales? Each child you look after under 5 qualifies for a free daily allowance of milk under the NMRU Nursery Milk Scheme. Take away the hassle and get it delivered with McQueens.


Looking after kids is a busy life. From tantrums to Teletubbies, it’s non-stop- and once the day is over, the last thing you want to deal with is that pile of admin waiting for you…

Let us take care of the milk. As you’ll know, any children you look after under the age of five qualifies for a daily allowance of milk. 

Right now you might not be enrolled in the free milk scheme, and paying for it- or you might be getting reimbursements by scanning and uploading receipts. Either way, it’s a hassle!

Let us take care of it all- faff free and cost free, with delivery right to your doorstep. That’s right, here at McQueens we deliver milk to nurseries and childminder all across England and Wales as part of the Government funded ‘NMRU’ scheme, also known as the Nursery Milk Scheme.

 We will, for no cost, deliver your milk up to five times a week- and we’ll take care of all admin and billing with the government, leaving you to put your feet up during nap time.


All we need are regular confirmations of number of children under 5 in attendance to confirm delivery levels, as per the Nursery Milk Scheme rules. It’s completely faff-free.

The milk? That comes from a co-operative of farmers around the UK, which is bottled at our very own dairy, before being delivered straight to your door- it can’t get fresher than that!

Your NMRU delivery will arrive for 7am up to five times per week as required, and you can choose to have your deliveries with plastic bottles, or returnable glass bottles- perfect for doing your sustainable bit for the planet!


McQueens delivers across the UK, in most major towns or cities so nobody need miss out. And, with 25 years experience, you can count on us to be there in all conditions!

Plus, you are directly supporting UK farmers as it’s their milk that’s processed and delivered by us at our own dairy. Know that in getting deliveries from McQueens, you are also ensuring farmers get a fair price for their produce.

So, if you want fantastic fresh free milk at your settings doorstep, then look no further.


Not everyone qualifies for the NMRU free milk scheme, below are the main rules to be eligible. If you’re unsure, submit an enquiry anyway and our nursery team will be in touch!

Based in England or Wales

If you are a childminder, or run or own a nursery within England or Wales, you can apply for the NMRU free milk scheme.

Don't operate through aN AGENCY

Childminders that use an agency to obtain an Ofsted certificate unfortunately don't qualify for the scheme.

Happy to Submit Attendance

We require attendance reports to confirm volumes of milk to be delivered and accurate billing with the UK government and Nursery Milk Scheme rules.


Getting deliveries from McQueens as a childminder or nursery is super easy!
Simply fill out the form below and our team will get in touch to setup your account.

Stuck? Call our nursery team on 0141 471 3591.


  • A registered childminder
  • A registered day care provider
  • A local authority which provides day care
  • Those providing day care in a nursery or crèche for children (under 5 years) of management and staff of certain establishments (eg children’s homes, voluntary or community homes, NHS hospitals) which are exempt from registration should contact the NMRU to confirm their eligibility before registering with the scheme.

Fill out our contact form and our nursery team will guide you through the NMRU application and start deliveries as soon as possible. 

We will ask you for:

  • Existing NMRU number (if you are already registered with the NMRU)
  • Childcare provider setting name and address
  • Your contact details
  • Childcare registration certificate number
  • The childcare setting opening times
  • To sign a declaration and agree to the rules of the Nursery Milk Scheme.

CMA registered child minders are not currently able to register or claim from the Nursery Milk Scheme because the regulations governing the scheme do not permit this. The Department for Education is currently working with the Department of Health (who are responsible for the Nursery Milk Scheme) to examine the options for enabling CMA child minders to claim. Further information will be published via the Nursery Milk Scheme website as soon as it is available.

You may be reimbursed for any pasteurised cows’ milk, including whole and semi-skimmed, under the Nursery Milk Scheme. The milk can be organic.

The Nursery Milk Scheme does not include fully-skimmed milk, goat’s milk, soya milk, lactose free milk, fluoridated milk or unpasteurised milk, milk with added flavours, colours, vitamins or other additives.

As a childcare provider registered with the Nursery Milk Reimbursement Unit, it is your responsibility to ensure the amount of milk being claimed for your setting is accurate. Even if you are claiming via an agent, it is your responsibility to enter your setting’s attendance data. A claim made via an agent will not be reimbursed until it has been validated against your attendance data.

The Nursery Milk Scheme funds milk for approximately 1.5 million children under 5 years old. This is a Government funded scheme, costing the Department of Health and the Scottish and Welsh Governments approximately £70m per year.

The Secretary of State for Health has a statutory obligation to provide the Nursery Milk Scheme. The Nursery Milk Scheme is governed by The Welfare Food Regulations 1996.


The Nursery Milk Scheme is operated by the Nursery Milk Reimbursement Unit (NMRU) on behalf of the Department of Health. It entitles children under 5 years who attend approved day care facilities to receive 189ml (1/3 pint) of milk each day, free of charge. This includes both childminders and nurseries.