SNP announce plans for breakfast clubs
Plans have been announced for a new initiative which would see free breakfast clubs introduced in primary schools across East Kilbride and Avondale.
South Lanarkshire SNP have announced proposals to introduce free breakfast clubs and pilot holiday lunch clubs across the council area in this year’s budget.
The proposal will allow a programme to be developed through piloting implementation in a number of schools, with the intention of rollingout universal, free provisions across all primary schools in the council area.
The programme would also include a range of activities designed to encourage children to be active during the summer period.
Chair of education, Katy Loudon, said: “Ensuring a child enjoys a healthy breakfast can lead to improved learning and attendance, giving pupils – no matter their background – better opportunities to achieve.
“Working towards educational excellence for all and closing the gap in attainment between young people from our most and least deprived communities is a defining mission of the SNP.
“We will therefore bring forward a budget that introduces free breakfast clubs in South Lanarkshire’s primary schools over the coming year.
“We also recognise that existing arrangements are in place at some schools and will work with organisations and communities to ensure that our proposals support their existing efforts.
“To complement this proposal, the SNP will also ask councillors from all parties to back our ambitious plans to introduce holiday lunch clubs in our most deprived communities.
“As well as giving pupils the opportunity to access nutritious meals when free school meals are not available, the clubs will provide a range of engaging activities to keep our young people fit.”