School breakfast clubs, children and family support

Ian Shemilt, Margaret O'Brien, June Thoburn, Ian Harvey, Pippa Belderson, Jill Robinson, Margaret Camina

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School breakfast clubs are a form of before school provision serving breakfast to children who arrive early. This paper explores their potential to provide support for families at risk of social exclusion. A national evaluation of a Department of Health pilot initiative suggests that their provision can afford valued support to families coping with varying degrees of difficulty in their material, environmental, relational and social circumstances. Many parents regarded clubs as successful in encouraging children to eat breakfast, reducing pressures in the morning and providing an additional source of affordable, trusted child care to those in work, studying or seeking employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-112
Number of pages13
JournalChildren & Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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