PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE BREAKFAST
The Welsh Assembly Government made a commitment to provide all children of primary school age registered in maintained primary schools in Wales with the opportunity to have a free, healthy breakfast at school each day.
This scheme intends to improve the health and concentration of children to assist in the raising of standards of learning and attainment, and will seek to involve parents / guardians. It is not intended to replace breakfast already provided by parents/ guardians, but to allow all those children, who for whatever reason, have not had breakfast at home, to have one in school.
What do you have to do?
If you would like your child(ren) to attend the breakfast sessions when they start you must complete the attached form and return to the school. Please note a free breakfast is not a right and numbers may be limited. Schools can refuse entry to any children on the grounds of availability and unacceptable behaviour.
Children need to arrive between 8.00am and 8.20am for the Breakfast Club when breakfasts are served. Breakfast Club children will then be supervised until the official start of the school day at 8.50am.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What time will the session operate?
The Welsh Assembly Government has issued detailed guidance to schools covering the operation of the breakfast session. All schools will have the flexibility, within these guidelines, to decide how they provide and run the free breakfast sessions. This guidance recommends that:
- Breakfast provision should not normally begin earlier than 8am
- All children should register on arrival
- The breakfast session should finish at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the school day
- No children should be admitted less than 10 minutes before the close of the breakfast session
What breakfast will my child(ren) receive?
The breakfast on offer must be healthy and nutritionally balanced. There are 4 food groups, they are Drinks or milk products; Cereals - not sugar coated; fruit; breads.
A typical breakfast could be:
- cereal with milk, a piece of toast and a drink or
- toast, and fruit juice .
Who will supervise the breakfast session?
It will be for the school to decide who will supervise the breakfast session. All adults involved in the breakfast session must be cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau before working with children.
Will I have to pay for the breakfast session?
No – the breakfast and the supervision of your child(ren) during the breakfast session will be free.
How much notice do I need to give to vary the arrangements for my child(ren) to attend the breakfast session?
Ideally a term in advance, but a minimum of 1 week, obviously the more notice the better. If your child(ren) arrives to have a breakfast without giving prior notice they cannot be guaranteed to receive a free breakfast, although there will be discretion for the school to make some exceptions if there is food available.
Will the children be in mixed age groups for breakfast?
Yes – attendance at the free breakfast session is open to all children attending this school, but there may be a need to be limit numbers due to staffing availability etc.