Breakfast club offers healthy start to pupils
A CITY primary school held a special breakfast event to promote a healthy start to the day for school children.
Breakfast club co-ordinator, Jane Gimblett, invited parents to Clase Primary School to join their children for breakfast. The idea was to emphasise the importance of a good and healthy breakfast at the start of the day.
Head teacher Sharon Hope said: "We worked with Bet Jenkins and a team of caterers from Swansea Council.
"They have been visiting breakfast clubs all over Swansea to promote a healthy, affordable start to the day."
As well as the breakfast, there was a cookery class for parents on how to make a healthy breakfast.
"Everyone tasted some mini frittatas and fruit salad," said Mrs Hope. "We wanted to show parents how to have a healthy start which will set them up for the day. It was really successful. We had a lot of mums and dads here trying the breakfast.
"We've been running the club since 2005. It really does benefit the children as they get the best possible start to the idea. It's very hard for them to concentrate in the mornings if they haven't had a decent breakfast."
The event received praise from parents and pupils alike.
One parent said: "My daughter would never eat breakfast at home. Now she has a healthy breakfast every day."
Another said: "I was really impressed with the good quality and choice of food." One of the pupils said: "I don't feel hungry now in the middle of the morning. I really like the food. My favourite is porridge."
Researchers suggest healthy eating at regular times by combining free breakfast club meals in the morning with a school meal at noon can help children to learn better.
Council catering facilities manager Bet Jenkins said: "Breakfasts are part of our promotion of healthy eating in schools and we are delighted that thousands of pupils are enjoying the whole experience of the clubs every day.
"Lots of the pupils who enjoy the free breakfasts are now going on to pay for school lunches too and seeing the children tucking in and having a lovely time at both sessions also makes it worth the early start for staff."
"It is also very rewarding when teachers tell us children are more alert and focused on lessons as a result. We hope that even more parents will consider having their child benefit from the breakfast and lunch offers."
The breakfast club service in Swansea goes through 238 loaves of bread, 132 kilos of cereals, 685 litres of milk and 685 litres of fruit juice every day.
The council uses Welsh Government funds to provide breakfasts in schools to help children start the day ready to learn.