Free primary school breakfast clubs are set to be relaunched at all primary schools in Bridgend County Borough from Monday 14 September.

The news follows a pilot scheme which the council has been running in order to test whether the clubs can be provided safely during the ongoing pandemic.

Using lessons learned from the pilot and following a series of risk assessments, specific control measures are being put in place that will allow children to benefit from the service while also maintaining their health and well-being.

Parents, carers and guardians will now be contacted by individual schools regarding specific details, opening dates, new procedures and more.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “Free breakfast clubs are an important resource for pupils and families, and the council is working alongside local schools to ensure that these are available to pupils as soon as possible.

“Within schools, pupils have been placed in contact groups to ensure that social distancing requirements can be met and to minimise risk. This is much harder to do in breakfast clubs where there are smaller numbers of staff overseeing pupils of mixed ages who may not all be within the same contact groups, so the pilot scheme has helped to ensure that we can reintroduce the breakfast clubs safely.

“We know that parents, carers and guardians are anxious to make use of the service. The safety of staff and pupils is always our highest priority, and I am grateful for their ongoing patience in this matter.”