Breakfast clubs giving working parents a helping hand

March 13, 2014

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.


  • Gillian Holmes March 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Yes I do

  • Paul Wilson March 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Yes, an excellent idea.

  • aj March 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm


  • Michelle Kinsey March 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm

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

  • Zoe G March 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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

  • clair dutton March 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm


  • Sarah Wyatt March 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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

  • Heather Haigh March 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I do think they are a good idea.

  • Andy March 13, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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

  • Andy March 13, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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

  • Hilda Hazel Wright March 13, 2014 at 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!

  • bennetski1 March 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Very much a good idea especially for busy families

  • Jenny March 13, 2014 at 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.

  • Sandra martin March 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

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

  • Mary Heald March 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm


  • Haley Redshaw March 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Yes I think there are a great idea x

  • Lynne D March 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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

  • Edward Guerreiro March 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm

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

  • barbara daniels March 14, 2014 at 6:44 am

    the best invention ever

  • Helen B March 14, 2014 at 6:49 am


  • Phil Darling March 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

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

  • Heather Simpson March 14, 2014 at 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.

  • Tracey Belcher March 14, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Yes – very much so and very needed in many cases

  • ROBERT MCINTOSH March 14, 2014 at 8:22 am


  • amy g March 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

    they are a brilliant idea, especially for working parents

  • liz denial March 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I think they’re a great idea

  • Karen Milburn March 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

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

  • pamela gossage March 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

    great idea

  • pauline hill March 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Brilliant idea

  • Megan Bayford March 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm


  • jenny morgan March 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    yes I think they are a brillant idea for working parents

  • swhitehouse2 March 14, 2014 at 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

  • Rachael G March 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Absolutely! An excellent idea I think.

  • Samantha R March 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    yes there great for working parents

  • deedee March 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    yes they are good for all children

  • Zoe Lester March 14, 2014 at 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.

  • maria blythin March 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    yes they are great for children x

  • Catherine Newton March 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Yes they are

  • Tammy Tudor March 14, 2014 at 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

  • Joanne Baldwin March 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Yes, they are essential!

  • Kev C March 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm


  • Leighanne Flaherty March 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I think they’re a brilliant idea!

  • sian hallewell March 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Yes, they are really useful for some people

  • claire woods March 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

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

  • Stephanie Mamo March 15, 2014 at 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

  • juliette March 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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

  • Caroline H March 15, 2014 at 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.

  • Tracy Newton March 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

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

  • Suzanne Cooke March 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I think they are a great idea.

  • Anne Wallwin March 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    yes i think they are essential.

  • kellyjo walters March 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    shouldn’t a family eat breakfast and dinner together?

  • jennifer thorpe March 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I think they’re a great idea

  • helen booth March 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    yes I do!

  • Angela Wilson March 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm


  • Spencer Broadley March 18, 2014 at 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

  • michelle banks March 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    yes x

  • Jen Shearer March 18, 2014 at 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.

  • John Taggart March 18, 2014 at 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

  • Rita Hutton March 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm


  • They are a great idea – the best way of making sure some children getting a full tummy to start their day x

  • olga March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    a good idea

  • richard hill March 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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

  • gillian burden March 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

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

  • Jane wilson March 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Yes definitely

  • paul sullivan March 19, 2014 at 9:33 am


  • amanda davis March 19, 2014 at 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

  • katrina walsh March 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

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

  • Donna Lawton March 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Yes because some parents need to work long hours. x

  • Fiona Ramsay March 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm


  • Angela Spicer March 20, 2014 at 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

  • Deb Alexander March 20, 2014 at 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.

  • Laura F March 20, 2014 at 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.

  • Stacey Carnell March 20, 2014 at 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 🙂

  • Lynn Heath March 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

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

  • Jo Evans March 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Yes, ideal for working mums

  • Jenny March 21, 2014 at 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.

  • Fiona Martin March 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

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

  • lindsey stuart March 22, 2014 at 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) 🙂

  • Emma Jackson March 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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

  • Rebecca Saunders March 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Yes especially for working parents.

  • Zowee Moore March 23, 2014 at 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 🙂

  • Clint Howat March 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    There a great idea.

  • Michelle Fouracres March 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm

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

  • kelly brittle March 24, 2014 at 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

  • Pam Francis Gregory March 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Great idea for working parents!

  • claire sen March 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm

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

  • Marie glover March 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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

  • Zoe Roxby March 24, 2014 at 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.

  • Julie Ward March 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Yes, wish they had them when my kids were younger

  • sarah stevens March 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Yes great for working families

  • Joy Lawson March 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Great for parents who need it 🙂

  • sion manley March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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

  • emma walters March 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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

  • kayleigh white March 26, 2014 at 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!

  • kim heeps March 27, 2014 at 12:47 am

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

  • debbie jackson March 27, 2014 at 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.

  • emma falvi March 27, 2014 at 7:34 am

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

  • Jane Green March 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Yes, we have one in our school and its fab

  • george brown March 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

    some negatives attached but on the whole a good idea

  • lorraine March 27, 2014 at 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.

  • Danika Lloyd March 27, 2014 at 11:03 am


  • Michael Rattray March 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Yes I think they’re a great idea

  • Rachel B March 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Definitely, yes!

  • claire haskins March 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    yes esp if you start work early

  • claire haskins March 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    yes def if you start work early

  • Lorraine Foster March 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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

  • carly bryan March 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    yes they are good for parents that start work early!

  • Karen Louise wright March 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Yes great idea x

  • laura avery March 27, 2014 at 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

  • Jess Mcguire March 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Yes as a lot of children may not eat breakfast

  • michaela atkins March 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    of course they are a great idea

  • Lucy Mayer March 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm


  • helenthemadex March 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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

  • Megan Adams March 27, 2014 at 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.

  • Susan Freeman March 27, 2014 at 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.

  • Lynsey Ward March 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Yes they are a great idea

  • Solange March 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Yes, great idea

  • Claire Barker March 28, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Definitely breakfast helps to make the children hungry to learn!

  • REBECCA TOWNSEND March 28, 2014 at 7:33 am


  • katherine b March 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    They are great idea!

  • emma kinsey March 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

    brilliant idea

  • catriona nation March 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Yes they are a great idea

  • Becci Cleary March 28, 2014 at 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.

  • Claire Butler March 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    yes fab

  • Deborah Swain March 28, 2014 at 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 !

  • Caroline James March 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I think it a great idea!

  • wendy March 28, 2014 at 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.

  • Dawn Fletcher March 28, 2014 at 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!!

  • lucy rose March 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Yes a very good idea.

  • gina brett March 28, 2014 at 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

  • Lorna Peppiatt March 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    They are an excellent idea 🙂

  • Laura Pritchard March 28, 2014 at 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.

  • HELEN ANDERSON March 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    yes its is a great idea, breakfast

  • Sarah Nagle March 28, 2014 at 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.

  • Allan Fullarton March 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Great prize!

  • Emma Green March 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm


  • helena clark March 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    of course, anything to encourage breakfast

  • aaron milne March 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    They can be

  • carol boffey March 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    great idea

  • caroline kelly March 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Great idea! A lifeline for most of us!

  • Susan Carter March 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Essential for some working parents

  • victoria thurgood March 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    No breakfast is family time

  • Rachel Craig March 28, 2014 at 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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