Daldorch House School earns Eat Safe Award

Daldorch House School has become the first education establishment in East Ayrshire to earn an Eat Safe Award for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety.

Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities, visited Catering Manager Mari Brown, Principal Bernadette Casey and the team behind this achievement, to offer his congratulations and present them with their Eat Safe Award.

Councillor Cook said: “Daldorch House School is the first education establishment to receive this award and only the fourth establishment in East Ayrshire to earn an Eat Safe Award from Food Standards Scotland.

“The school do a wonderful job caring for children and young people, helping them on their education journey. They also work incredibly hard ensuring that they provide the best quality food for everyone who attends the school

“I was delighted to meet Mari, Bernadette and the team to congratulate them personally and present them with their award.”

NAS Daldorch House School is a National Autistic Society School for children and young people between the ages of 8 and 21 years.

The young people who attend the school have additional support needs arising from Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Daldorch provides education and residential care for up to 52 weeks each year for children and young people from Scotland and across the UK, as well as day places, short breaks and outreach services.

Principal Bernadette Casey said: “We are very pleased to receive this award, and proud to be the first school in East Ayrshire to achieve this.

“Congratulations to our catering team who work tirelessly to ensure the highest standards for our young people, staff and visitors. I’m delighted to see their efforts rewarded in this way.”

The Eat Safe award provides an incentive to food businesses to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those that are required by law. For people eating in these establishments, it is sign of excellence in standards of food hygiene. It gives people extra confidence in the food they are served.

The Eat Safe Award sits in parallel with the Food Hygiene Information Scheme which rates hygiene standards against legal requirements. The Eat Safe Award recognises businesses that have achieved standards over and above the legal requirements.

Only four premises in East Ayrshire have earned an Eat Safe Award from Food Standards Scotland – Lochside House Hotel, the Chip Box in Stewarton, Hollybush House and Daldorch House School.

Environmental Health Services assess premises for the award as part of scheduled hygiene inspections. For further information please contact 01563 553520 or email environmentalhealth@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

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