From January 2019 we are delighted to be working with the National Schools Breakfast Programme which means that we will be able to provide every child in our school with a healthy breakfast free of charge. The programme will run from January 2019 to March 2020, after which we hope to be able to continue the provision.
This means that from January 2019 there will be 2 ways in which your child can access free breakfast food:
Option 1 – Breakfast Club with Childcare - £1.50 per day
The existing Breakfast Club will continue to provide childcare if you need it, but the food element will be free of charge. The cost of this service will continue to be £1.50, which will pay for the rising staffing costs required to supervise the children and serve breakfast. This service is available from 8am to 8:45am. A register will be kept and sessions will be charged for. Breakfast Club with Childcare must be paid for via ParentPay.
The National School Breakfast Programme understandably specifies the items that we can serve our children. All food on the menu is in line with the School Food Standards. The following breakfast food will be served:
Bagels, porridge oats, cornflakes, crisp rice,shreddies, cheerios
Diluted fresh apple and orange juice, water to drink.
Option 2 – ‘Grab and Go’ Bagel Station – Free of Charge
This will be available to all children, including Nursery, who do not attend the Breakfast Club with Childcare and who arrive at school after 8:45am.
Bagel stations will be situated at each entrance to school from 8:45am. Children will be able to take a warmed buttered piece of bagel from their bagel station as they enter school. The bagels can be eaten as they are collected by the children on their way to class. In addition, bagels will be available for children who arrive late for school.
About the bagels: The bagels are specially made for the programme by Bagels Nash. Their special recipe contains 25% whole wheat and are fortified with vitamin D. They are free from any artificial flavourings and preservatives.
This is an exciting and really worthwhile opportunity which I hope the children will take full advantage of. Our aim is to ensure that children are as ready as possible for their learning. Research shows the vital importance of a healthy breakfast to start the day.