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.

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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]

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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. 

To enter simply leave me a comment on whether you think that school breakfast clubs are a good idea, then complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Additional optional entries are also available.

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.

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