Breakfast clubs vital for pupils and parents

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More than one in four working parents say they would have to quit their current job if it weren’t for school breakfast clubs.

A quarter of working families use breakfast clubs and on average they allow parents to clock up 93.6 additional hours of employed work annually. The findings come from YouGov research involving 2,000 working parents with children aged between four and 16. The study was commissioned by Kellogg’s, which provides grants to help schools set-up breakfast clubs.

Elsewhere, the research found that one in 10 parents who do not have access to a breakfast club say they have been forced to take a pay cut or put their career on hold as a result.

The survey comes after a report from Kellogg’s last year found that 28 per cent of teachers reported an increase in children being sent to school without a breakfast, and that 52 per cent of parents had less money to spend on food.

Jill Rutter, head of policy and research at Family and Childcare Trust, a charity which campaigns for the wellbeing of families in the UK, said: “Breakfast clubs are a lifeline, particularly for those parents on lower incomes that simply wouldn’t be able to afford to pay out for additional childcare costs on top of their already squeezed household budgets.

“Not all working families can rely on shift parenting or informal childcare from grandparents and friends so for some, these clubs are literally the difference between working or not.”

Paul Wheeler from Kellogg’s said: “For millions of parents in Britain, having access to a breakfast club helps them do the basics – keep down a job. But, with school budgets squeezed, it’s more important than ever that breakfast clubs stay open.”

Kellogg’s is awarding grants to 1,000 schools in deprived areas of the country to help them set up or run their existing breakfast club. The deadline for applications close on March 28. Visit www.giveachildabreakfast.co.uk

 


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