Breakfast clubs giving working parents a helping hand

Up until Tigger started in the pre-school at Roo’s school we relied upon the school breakfast club for Roo in order for us all to get to where we needed to first thing in a morning. You see both Roo’s school and Tigger’s nursery started at 8.30am which had they been in the same area wouldn’t have been a problem, however they were in opposite directions. I start work at 9am and there unfortunately was no way I could walk Roo to school for 8.30, turn round drop Tigger off at nursery and get to work on time. So Mr Boo would drop Roo off at 8am to the breakfast club before dashing off to work himself, whilst I would drop Tigger off at nursery and then head to work.

Kellogg’s have been supporting breakfast clubs around the country for 16 years now and they know that these early morning clubs can be a lifeline for many families. Their latest research shows that almost a quarter of working families use them so they can drop their primary school children off early before school to help them to get to work on time. Also, 29 per cent of these parents would be forced to give up work if they didn’t have access to these important pre-school clubs.

Breakfast clubs are a huge support for parents now more than ever, as according to research from the Family and Childcare Trust, childcare costs have increased by 77 per cent over the last ten years and some parents are paying out up to a third of their income on childcare.

Breakfast clubs and working parents

Leanne Gardner with sons Finn and Felix at St. Alfege with St Peter Church of England Primary School Greenwich and in the Kelloggs Breakfast Club.

Jill Rutter, Head of Policy and Research at Family and Childcare Trust, a charity which campaigns for the well-being of families in the UK, said:
[box] “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. These grants from Kellogg’s will help to make a huge difference to thousands of working families across the UK.”[/box]

Kellogg's Breakfast Club Atherton

Picture by Jon Super (07974 356-333)
Picture shows Kellogg’s Breakfast Club at Atherton St. George’s C.E. Primary School, Atherton, Wednesday Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo/Jon Super 07974 356-333)

Kellogg’s is awarding grants to 1,000 schools in some of the most deprived areas of the country to help them set up or run their existing breakfast club. This is part of the company’s pledge to donate 15 million portions of cereal and snacks to families in food poverty, by the end of 2016.

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club grant applications close on 28th March 2014, schools should visit to apply.

To celebrate Kellogg’s awarding grants to 1,000 schools in some of the most deprived areas of the country to help them set up or run their existing breakfast club, Boo Roo and Tigger Too is able to offer one lucky reader the opportunity to win £50 Kellogg’s vouchers for their local school. 

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Closing date: Friday 28th March 2014 @ 23.59pm

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Disclosure: We have received some Kellogg’s breakfast vouchers for Roo & Tigger’s school in exchange for sharing this post with you, although breakfast clubs really do give working parents a helping hand.



  1. Gillian Holmes
    March 13, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Yes I do

  2. Paul Wilson
    March 13, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Yes, an excellent idea.

  3. aj
    March 13, 2014 / 9:34 pm


  4. Michelle Kinsey
    March 13, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    Yes, I think they’re a great idea! It may encourage more children to eat breakfast too x

  5. Zoe G
    March 13, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Yes, they are most definitely a good idea, a real help for when parents are working

  6. clair dutton
    March 13, 2014 / 9:39 pm


  7. Sarah Wyatt
    March 13, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    I think they are a very good idea as long as they ensure the children do eat a proper breakfast.

  8. Heather Haigh
    March 13, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    I do think they are a good idea.

  9. Andy
    March 13, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Yes, it’s great for kids to be able to have breakfast in a fun environment.

  10. Andy
    March 13, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Yes, it’s great for kids to be able to have breakfast in a fun environment.

  11. Hilda Hazel Wright
    March 13, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    Yes absolutely! Its really hard for working parents to fit everything in around school hours! Anything that helps is a good thing!

  12. bennetski1
    March 13, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    Very much a good idea especially for busy families

  13. Jenny
    March 13, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    My kids often have breakfast before (and at) breakfast club but at least I get to work on time and they get to socialise with kids from other classes and years.

  14. Sandra martin
    March 13, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Breakfast clubs are a good idea for hungry children , but it should be the job of the parents really!,

  15. Mary Heald
    March 13, 2014 / 10:39 pm


  16. Haley Redshaw
    March 13, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    Yes I think there are a great idea x

  17. Lynne D
    March 13, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    Yes, much better than the child starting the school day hungry.

  18. Edward Guerreiro
    March 13, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    Absolutely. Breakfast is a very important meal, especially for children.

  19. barbara daniels
    March 14, 2014 / 6:44 am

    the best invention ever

  20. Helen B
    March 14, 2014 / 6:49 am


  21. Phil Darling
    March 14, 2014 / 7:29 am

    I’m against – In an ideal world a family would eat breakfast together

  22. Heather Simpson
    March 14, 2014 / 7:35 am

    Yes kids need a good meal in them to start the day and breakfast clubs can help make sure they get one.

  23. Tracey Belcher
    March 14, 2014 / 7:38 am

    Yes – very much so and very needed in many cases

    March 14, 2014 / 8:22 am


  25. amy g
    March 14, 2014 / 9:02 am

    they are a brilliant idea, especially for working parents

  26. liz denial
    March 14, 2014 / 9:42 am

    I think they’re a great idea

  27. Karen Milburn
    March 14, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Yes, It’s the only way I can get to work on time.

  28. pamela gossage
    March 14, 2014 / 10:52 am

    great idea

  29. pauline hill
    March 14, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Brilliant idea

  30. Megan Bayford
    March 14, 2014 / 12:38 pm


  31. jenny morgan
    March 14, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    yes I think they are a brillant idea for working parents

  32. March 14, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Definitely, it’s important to eat breakfast. Though I do worry that it may tempt parents to think it’s Ok to spend even less time with their children

  33. Rachael G
    March 14, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Absolutely! An excellent idea I think.

  34. Samantha R
    March 14, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    yes there great for working parents

  35. deedee
    March 14, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    yes they are good for all children

  36. March 14, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I do. I love that I always know J gets breakfast on the days hes at nursery and I know they are always nutritious.

  37. maria blythin
    March 14, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    yes they are great for children x

  38. Catherine Newton
    March 14, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Yes they are

  39. Tammy Tudor
    March 14, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    they are an amazing idea especially for those children that don’t have breakfast-it’s the most important meal of the day

  40. Joanne Baldwin
    March 14, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    Yes, they are essential!

  41. Kev C
    March 14, 2014 / 10:32 pm


  42. Leighanne Flaherty
    March 14, 2014 / 11:40 pm

    I think they’re a brilliant idea!

  43. sian hallewell
    March 14, 2014 / 11:50 pm

    Yes, they are really useful for some people

  44. claire woods
    March 15, 2014 / 10:08 am

    yes I think it helps working parents whose lives are always a mad rush!

  45. March 15, 2014 / 11:03 am

    Yes, I would have been lost without breakfast club when The Boy was at primary school. Now he’s at secondary, he still goes to school early and eats there with his friends

  46. juliette
    March 15, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Definitely – think it encourages sociability and ensures that the children eat breakfast

  47. Caroline H
    March 15, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Yes, they are a good idea. I do however, feel that it’s a pity if parents have no choice but to use them due to inflexible working hours and very low family incomes or, even worse, because if they didn’t exist a very small proportion of parents wouldn’t bother ensuring their children got a good breakfast.

  48. Tracy Newton
    March 15, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    They are a great idea for working parents. But ideally children should have breakfast at home with the family.

  49. Suzanne Cooke
    March 15, 2014 / 11:14 pm

    I think they are a great idea.

  50. Anne Wallwin
    March 16, 2014 / 8:04 am

    yes i think they are essential.

  51. kellyjo walters
    March 16, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    shouldn’t a family eat breakfast and dinner together?

  52. jennifer thorpe
    March 17, 2014 / 10:40 am

    I think they’re a great idea

  53. helen booth
    March 17, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    yes I do!

  54. Angela Wilson
    March 17, 2014 / 8:16 pm


  55. Spencer Broadley
    March 18, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Although we don’t use them, because my sons get their own breakfasts now when they get up, I think that they are a brilliant idea

  56. michelle banks
    March 18, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    yes x

  57. Jen Shearer
    March 18, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    I think breakfast clubs are brilliant and a must for working parents. Any parent that has to commute needs to leave home early (almost always before school starts), breakfast clubs give them a fighting chance of being able to meet the demands of work versus family life.

  58. John Taggart
    March 18, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    Yes they are great for working parents it means they can drop kids off at school with no mad rush to get to work

  59. Rita Hutton
    March 18, 2014 / 4:41 pm


  60. olga
    March 18, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    a good idea

  61. richard hill
    March 18, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    yes i think its a great way to get kids interacting with other kids as well

  62. gillian burden
    March 18, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    perfect they get to eat breakfast with out rushing to school after

  63. Jane wilson
    March 18, 2014 / 11:14 pm

    Yes definitely

  64. paul sullivan
    March 19, 2014 / 9:33 am


  65. amanda davis
    March 19, 2014 / 10:43 am

    i believe they are a good idea especially for both working parents and under prevaliged children who may not get a proper breakfast otherwise

  66. katrina walsh
    March 19, 2014 / 11:34 am

    Theyre a brill idea for youngsters who may not get a relaxed enjoyable breakfast at home

  67. Donna Lawton
    March 19, 2014 / 1:33 pm

    Yes because some parents need to work long hours. x

  68. Fiona Ramsay
    March 19, 2014 / 5:58 pm


  69. March 20, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    Yes I do think they’re a good idea. I wouldn’t have been able to go back to work without them

  70. Deb Alexander
    March 20, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    Yes, not only because it helps parents out who have to get to work but also the social element for the children too.

  71. Laura F
    March 20, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Yes they are great for working mums. My son has been going to breakfast club 2 days a week for a while now and he loves it.

  72. Stacey Carnell
    March 20, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    They are a fantastic idea! It’s great to know that all children are getting their breakfast and are in the best position to soak up their education each day 🙂

  73. Lynn Heath
    March 21, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    My oldest go to a breakfast club – means that I can get to work on time, would be lost without ours

  74. Jo Evans
    March 21, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Yes, ideal for working mums

  75. March 21, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    I think breakfast clubs are fantastic. I’d never used them until the last few months, and breaking my leg, then having it operated on, meant I was unable to do the school run, so my partner took the little boys to breakfast club before work. Without it we’d have been completely stuffed.

  76. March 21, 2014 / 11:38 pm

    Yes as it saves using holiday hours from work to take the children to school.

  77. lindsey stuart
    March 22, 2014 / 11:31 am

    Yes i think it is brilliant as often we are not ready for breakfast when we first get up so by the time the little ones get to school they will be ready to eat (thats my opinion) 🙂

  78. March 22, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Breakfast is really important so I think it’s a great idea 🙂

  79. Rebecca Saunders
    March 23, 2014 / 10:51 am

    Yes especially for working parents.

  80. Zowee Moore
    March 23, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Yes they are a very good idea!
    They enable parents to start work at a normal time.
    My daughters nursery is just about to start breakfast club, and my older children have had one at their school for the past year 🙂

  81. Clint Howat
    March 23, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    There a great idea.

  82. Michelle Fouracres
    March 23, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    Definitely, it gives some children a great start to the day

  83. kelly brittle
    March 24, 2014 / 9:14 am

    i think its a really good idea especially for working mums who dont have much time on a morning to prepare breakfast

  84. Pam Francis Gregory
    March 24, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    Great idea for working parents!

  85. claire sen
    March 24, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    yes, my son loves his breakfast club – they even get free porridge!

  86. Marie glover
    March 24, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Definitely a good idea. Too many kids are going without breakfast

  87. Zoe Roxby
    March 24, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Yes they are a really good idea for the kids to interact before the hustle and bustle of class time or being late for school. because kids do worry and its also sometimes a struggle to get kids to eat their breakfast at home and also getting them to school so breakfast club is like an adventure for kids.

  88. Julie Ward
    March 25, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Yes, wish they had them when my kids were younger

  89. Joy Lawson
    March 25, 2014 / 11:38 pm

    Great for parents who need it 🙂

  90. sion manley
    March 26, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    my kids go to breakfast clubs yes they are a great idea

  91. emma walters
    March 26, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    if they offer the same healthy breakfast they get at home then yes 🙂

  92. kayleigh white
    March 26, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Certainly do think they are a good idea, because I know a lot of parents who just throw their kids out the door not caring if they have had any food! Terrible parenting in my opinion too!

  93. March 27, 2014 / 12:47 am

    brill idea, it gives working parents that chance to get there on time!

  94. debbie jackson
    March 27, 2014 / 6:19 am

    Yes, as parents we both work and have to travel to work so being able to drop them off in a safe and familiar environment is fantastic. My daughter has being going for 6 years now and over that time the facilities and activities on offer for them has improved greatly. Both kids actually like going which makes me feel less guilty having to go to work so early.

  95. emma falvi
    March 27, 2014 / 7:34 am

    yes, as it gives parents time to get to work without rushing

  96. Jane Green
    March 27, 2014 / 7:47 am

    Yes, we have one in our school and its fab

  97. george brown
    March 27, 2014 / 8:04 am

    some negatives attached but on the whole a good idea

  98. lorraine
    March 27, 2014 / 9:18 am

    I think its a fab thing to have it gives parents slightly less to worry about in the mornings, school runs can be so stressful and it takes a small part of that away. i will be using my schools breakfast club when my lo starts.

  99. Danika Lloyd
    March 27, 2014 / 11:03 am


  100. Michael Rattray
    March 27, 2014 / 11:30 am

    Yes I think they’re a great idea

  101. Rachel B
    March 27, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Definitely, yes!

  102. claire haskins
    March 27, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    yes esp if you start work early

  103. claire haskins
    March 27, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    yes def if you start work early

  104. Lorraine Foster
    March 27, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    I think they are a great idea and our family uses ours on a daily basis.

  105. carly bryan
    March 27, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    yes they are good for parents that start work early!

  106. Karen Louise wright
    March 27, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Yes great idea x

  107. laura avery
    March 27, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    A lifeline! A friends son uses it because of domestic abuse issues they had to go into hiding , so she lost her job, and has been struggling to get back on her feet until she gets financial help sorted, not a sob story because im sure there are many many more people in this situation, im greatful for our wee school running it, so she doesnt have to feel like shes begging people to feed her child x

  108. Jess Mcguire
    March 27, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Yes as a lot of children may not eat breakfast

  109. michaela atkins
    March 27, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    of course they are a great idea

  110. Lucy Mayer
    March 27, 2014 / 8:55 pm


  111. helenthemadex
    March 27, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    yes ensures the child has a good breakfast and helps working parents

  112. Megan Adams
    March 27, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Yes, a great idea! My daughter often doesn’t want breakfast at home but changes her mind when she gets to nursery. Luckily they offer breakfast, but she’ll be going to school soon so would love this to be offered there.

  113. Susan Freeman
    March 27, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    I think they are brilliant, ensures that kids have a breakfast in order to help them and their parents, and also gives them energy for school.

  114. Lynsey Ward
    March 27, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    Yes they are a great idea

  115. Solange
    March 27, 2014 / 11:09 pm

    Yes, great idea

  116. Claire Barker
    March 28, 2014 / 7:05 am

    Definitely breakfast helps to make the children hungry to learn!

    March 28, 2014 / 7:33 am


  118. katherine b
    March 28, 2014 / 8:16 am

    They are great idea!

  119. emma kinsey
    March 28, 2014 / 9:05 am

    brilliant idea

  120. catriona nation
    March 28, 2014 / 9:22 am

    Yes they are a great idea

  121. Becci Cleary
    March 28, 2014 / 9:29 am

    I think its brilliant, it encourages the kids to get up earlier and seems to make them want to eat breakfast more.

  122. Claire Butler
    March 28, 2014 / 9:31 am

    yes fab

  123. Deborah Swain
    March 28, 2014 / 9:48 am

    I think Breakfasts Clubs are a great idea!.. unfortunately, so many kids go to school without anything to eat! ..a good breakfast will help them concentrate better !

  124. Caroline James
    March 28, 2014 / 10:11 am

    I think it a great idea!

  125. March 28, 2014 / 11:22 am

    I think it’s a great idea. All children need a decent breakfast inside them in a morning to make sure their energy and concentration levels are at their best.

  126. Dawn Fletcher
    March 28, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    Fabulous idea for those parents that dont make sure their children are ready for the day with appropriate breakfast..a packet of crisps or a hand full of sweets is not breakfast ……Cereal all the way!!

  127. March 28, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Yes a very good idea.

  128. gina brett
    March 28, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    They are a fantastic idea! I have put my children into breakfast club lots of times when i need to get somewhere early x

  129. Lorna Peppiatt
    March 28, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    They are an excellent idea 🙂

  130. Laura Pritchard
    March 28, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    Definitely but only as a short-term solution as there are clearly bigger problems to be fixed if they are needed at all.

    March 28, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    yes its is a great idea, breakfast

  132. Sarah Nagle
    March 28, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    I think they can be a good idea, for parents who maybe need to go to work a little earlier, or for emergencies, but not as a free babysitting service as some people use them for.

  133. Allan Fullarton
    March 28, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Great prize!

  134. Emma Green
    March 28, 2014 / 8:19 pm


  135. helena clark
    March 28, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    of course, anything to encourage breakfast

  136. aaron milne
    March 28, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    They can be

  137. carol boffey
    March 28, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    great idea

  138. caroline kelly
    March 28, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    Great idea! A lifeline for most of us!

  139. Susan Carter
    March 28, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    Essential for some working parents

  140. victoria thurgood
    March 28, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    No breakfast is family time

  141. Rachel Craig
    March 28, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    Yes, as a lot of Parents /Carers work , and may also commute etc. Also a good opportunity to socialise and bond with schoolmates.

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