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‘Breakfast clubs’ taking off in Sunderland

Hard-pressed Wearside families have been taking advantage of early morning meals for schoolchildren.

A survey, carried out by Kellogg’s, found that over a quarter of parents in the area would have to give up their job if it weren’t for the existence of a breakfast club at their child’s school. Meanwhile, those who don’t have access to such a club reportedly must to go to great lengths in a bid to manage their work and childcare obligations.

While this might just mean negotiating different working hours, it could see parents accepting a pay cut or putting their career on hold for the time being.

The head teacher of Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland, Pauline Wood, explained the appeal of breakfast clubs:

“The cost of childcare can be a big barrier to parents, and the lower paid the job, the less likely it is that they will feel it is worth it. But, it’s vital that they are given the opportunity to work and set a good example for their children.”

The Kellogg’s report estimates that such clubs can save families as much as £1,373 a year.

There are other benefits too. It seems that a lot of the children enjoy their time at the meals and, of course, if food is involved, schools can ensure that their students start their day with a healthy meal, putting the pupils in a good frame of mind for the challenges ahead of them.

The breakfast club trend could also give rise to a greater demand for healthy tuckshop food in Tyne and Wear as well.

Posted by Mark
April 9, 2014
Schools

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