Beith Primary School in North Ayrshire offers two breakfast clubs for children.
“We have a nurture breakfast club as well as a breakfast club. So we have an out of school system which is a paid system but subsidised by the local authority. However, we also have our own nurture breakfast group where we invite families”
says Head Teacher Fiona Dunlop.
The school also makes sure that there is food available more widely for children
“because they can’t start a day’s work and be focused on the work if they’re hungry. So we always have water, cereal, juice or toast available for them.”
The school is continually thinking about their offering, and whether it needs to be tweaked. Fiona describes how
“we’ve toyed with the idea of grab and go but that really defeats the purpose of the intervention, the purpose is actually to settle and focus in the morning before they start work”.
“All the staff report that the children attending breakfast clubs are going into class more ready to physically learn, actually ready to sit down or play and to get on with the job. And that’s having a direct impact on the children and their progress.”