‘Bake off’ Chetna opens Ellington Infants new pod kitchen

Ellington Infants School, Ramsgate celebrated the arrival of a new ‘pod’ kitchen with Chetna, of Great British Bake Off fame, officially opening the event on Friday 25 September.

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Chetna cutting the ribbon

They are one of just five schools in Kent awarded government funding  to have a brand new pod kitchen or improvements made to the school to accommodate a new kitchen.

This initiative is to help provide the government’s policy of a free school meal for every infant child.

30.9.14 Roger Gough being served a school dinner

Cllr Roger Gough

Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education at Kent County Council said: “In November 2014 local authorities were invited to bid for additional funding on behalf of their maintained schools.

“We were pleased to have five successful applications and have now created new production kitchens for these schools. Ellington Infants and Downs View Infants, Ashford are amongst the first schools in Kent to receive Pod kitchens.

“I am delighted the children of Ellington Infants will benefit from healthy nutritious meals cooked on the premises and we hope this will help encourage more parents to choose a school dinner for their children.”

 

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Chetna with Headteacher Nicky Brown

Headteacher Nicky Brown said: “We are thrilled with our new kitchen.  In the past we have only had the capacity to heat up meals and many parents and children would bring in lunches from home.

“Having fresh food prepared on site has drastically improved the quality and variety of meals we provide, we now have fewer children opting out of school lunches and more staff opting in as well.”

BBC Bake Off Chetna

Chetna Makan

Riley also in Year 2 said: “Fresh food is good for you, it makes you fit and healthy.”

Year 2 pupil Issiah added: “Dinner is better than last year, there is more choice.  The new kitchen has lots more equipment than the old one.”

Year 2 pupil Jess said: “We have healthy food now. The food is tasty and we have raisins in our salad!.

Having a kitchen on the school site and cooking fresh meals each day helps children to develop positive eating habits, the quality of food is improved and the need for transporting in food into the school is no longer required.

By introducing extra serving points, queues will be reduced, meaning the hall will be used for less time, which will allow it to be used for extra curriculum time on a daily basis.

  • There are 449 primary schools in Kent affected by the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative; this includes academies and voluntary aided schools which receive their funding directly from the government.
  • In 2014 the government provided KCC with £2.7m for improving facilities in the remaining 312 Local Authority schools. 18 major projects costing £1.9m, created 12 brand new kitchens for schools who previously received transported in meals. The remaining £800,000 provided additional equipment in 100 other schools.
  • In 2015 KCC bid for 16 school kitchen projects and received funding for five, two of these are for Pod kitchens and the other three will provide and the other three will provide onsite cooking facilities in place of their previously transported in meal service.
  • Pod kitchens are modern, hygienic, permanent modular kitchen building, which are supplied complete with catering equipment in an easy-to-install pod.

The five schools with facilities for September 2015 are:

Ellington Infants School Ramsgate
Downs View Infants School Ashford
New Ash Green Primary School Longfield
St Stephen’s Infant School Canterbury
Hextable Primary School Hextable

 

 

‘Bake off’ Chetna opens Ellington Infants new pod kitchen was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by KCCpress