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This scheme is aimed at providing primary school learners at maintained primary schools with the opportunity of receiving a free, healthy breakfast at school each day.

It is intended to help improve the health and concentration of children to assist in raising the standards of learning and attainment. Providing children with a healthy start to the school day aims to reduce health inequalities arising from poor diet.

Sections 88 – 90 of the School Standards & Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 (external link) states that local authorities must provide free breakfast to all pupils in maintained primary schools that have requested them.

Free breakfast in primary schools is an integral part of our wider work to improve food and nutrition in schools maintained by local authorities.

Statutory guidance for schools, school caterers and local authorities can be found on Learning Wales (external link).

If you have any queries relating to the free breakfast in primary schools scheme, please contact

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