Free breakfast is best start to day

Springfield Primary, breakfast club
Springfield Primary, breakfast club

Children in West Lothian no longer need to turn up at school having had no breakfast, thanks to the council’s free offer.

With the new school year just begun, parents are being reminded that free school breakfasts are served up to thousands of school pupils across West Lothian each year.

West Lothian Council provides free breakfast provision to all pupils in primary schools who want something to eat.

Breakfast is also free to those entitled to free school meals in secondary schools.

The scheme started in August 2013. In secondary schools pupils entitled to free school meals have a breakfast provision allowance included on their National Entitlement Card (NEC)/Young Scot Card.

All other secondary pupils can purchase the same breakfast for a subsidised price of 55p.

Figures highlight that the numbers getting tucked into free breakfasts is on the increase, with more and more pupils taking advantage of the healthy start to their day.

Executive councillor for education Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “In just over one year, more than 550,000 breakfasts have been served in our schools.

“We know that a healthy breakfast is a key ingredient for a good start to the school day as it provides young people with the nutrition they need to help them concentrate and learn.

“Breakfast clubs have proven benefits for young people in areas such as attainment, behaviour, confidence and social skills.

“We want as many children as possible to make sure they have the best possible start to their day.”

Moira Niven, West Lothian Council’s depute chief executive, added: “Schools have worked very hard to implement the breakfast club provision encouraging more people to use the service.

“The service is popular in providing nutritional benefits but also in helping children meet friends.”

Parents interested in learning more should contact their child’s school for further details.