Happy holidays for Renfrewshire’s kids.
A new scheme from Renfrewshire Council has seen hundreds more children taking part in activities during the October school holidays.
The new local activity sessions, which keep children entertained, cared for, and fed during the holidays are part of the council’s £7 million commitment to giving Renfrewshire’s children the best start in life.
Delivered as part of the council’s wider ‘Families First’ programme, the activity sessions were available free of charge in 14 venues across Renfrewshire.
As well as keeping kids active during the school break, the Families First sessions offered a nutritious holiday lunch to children who normally receive a free meal during the school term.
Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board said: “School holidays can place further strain on families who are already struggling.
“We want our youngsters to return to school after the break feeling healthy, refreshed and ready to learn again.
“These new local activities help to ensure this and are a great example of how Families First is helping to reduce the pressure on parents.
“We have to make parents aware of the support and services available to them. Over the coming months, Families First will be bringing a range of existing council, health and voluntary services together; making them easier to find and easier to use for those who need them most.”
The free local activities were piloted in Linwood and Ferguslie during the summer. The On-X and St Fergus Primary played host to 60 children for four days of play and healthy lunches. Following their summer success, the activities were rolled out for children throughout Renfrewshire during the October break.
Families First will continue to expand, offering a range of local services to families across Renfrewshire.
Parents with young children have until the 1 December 2013 to take part in a survey about the forthcoming changes to nursery provision in Renfrewshire. They can advise the council about what arrangements would suit them and their child best by logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/familiesfirst
Image: Quads, Kayam, Eshan, Anika and Rayan (left to right) aged 6 enjoy the Families First holiday activities at Renfrew High School