Girvan primary school kids set to enjoy free breakfast

Girvan Primary school kids are soon set to benefit from the introduction of a free breakfast club.

That’s because South Ayrshire have announced the school at Wesley Road in the town is to be one of four schools in South Ayrshire to participate in the extension of their pilot scheme.

The free club is due to start after the Easter holidays and the council are keen for as many as possible to get involved.

The scheme will run until the end of the school term in June upon which councillors will assess the take-up rates and the impact of the scheme to decide whether to take it into the next school term in August.

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Children at Dalmilling Primary in Ayr have been benefitting from the free breakfast club scheme since January this year.

And council chiefs have judged it to be a big success with the pilot scheme catering for 53 school kids every day which is around one fifth of children attending Dalmilling Primary.

Fifteen schools in South Ayrshire offer breakfast before the start of the school day provided by council staff, the out of school care sector or by a community group.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the council said: “It’s crucial we do everything we can to maximise the potential of our children and we look after our most vulnerable children and families.

“Part of this is ensuring that our primary school children all eat breakfast, which will set them up for the school day, and enable them to concentrate and take part in all the activities at school.

“The free breakfast club has been working well at Dalmilling Primary School and extending the pilot project will mean that more children start their day in a healthy way.”

A report will be presented at the June 2014 Leadership Panel relating to attendance, ongoing costs and the benefits to the children in the pilot schools.