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The Healthy Start Scheme and Day Care Food Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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Milk or Infant Formula for children in day care

23.—(1) Each child who has not attained the age of 5 years and who is cared for by a person registered by the Department under paragraph (4) shall be entitled to receive, for each day on which he is so cared for, free of charge—

(a)except where the child has not attained the age of 1 year up to 189 millilitres of milk;

(b)where the child has not attained the age of 1 year, either up to 189 millilitres of milk or infant formula, made up to provide 189 millilitres.

(2) Any of the following may apply to the Department to be registered to participate in the arrangements to provide Day Care food under the Day Care food scheme—

(a)a person who receives a child into premises which are registered pursuant to Article 118 of the 1995 Order;

(b)a voluntary organisation which provides a play-bus for the use of children; or

(c)a person who receives a child into a nursery school under the management of or assisted by an Education and Library Board.

(3) An application to be registered under paragraph (2) shall—

(a)be in writing;

(b)be sent to the Department;

(c)be accompanied by the information specified in paragraph 1 of Schedule 6;

(d)include a declaration that the information supplied is correct and complete; and

(e)in the case of an application pursuant to paragraph (2)(a) also be accompanied by the certificate of registration issued under Article 127 of the 1995 Order.

(4) The Department shall confirm in writing the registration if it is satisfied that the applicant will make adequate arrangements for the provision of Day Care food for the purposes of the Day Care Food scheme, and may cancel the registration if it ceases to be so satisfied.

(5) A person registered under paragraph (4) who supplies Day Care food under the Day Care Food scheme shall, subject to paragraphs (6) to (8), be reimbursed by the Department in accordance with paragraph (9).

(6) Claims for reimbursement shall be made to the Department and shall, so far as resonably practicable, be made at intervals of 4 months and in respect of supplies in the period of 4 months immediately preceding the claim.

(7) Claims for reimbursement shall—

(a)contain the information specified in paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 and a declaration that the information is correct and complete;

(b)if so required by the Department, be supported by an invoice, a receipt or other documentary evidence of the price paid for the Day Care food supplied.

(8) The Department shall not be obliged to reimburse a person in respect of the supply of Day Care food which occurred more than 2 years before the date of the claim.

(9) The amount reimbursed to a person for Day Care food under this regulation shall be the cost to that person of purchasing it.

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