Study support: breakfast and homework clubs
Through the Extended Schools programme, breakfast clubs offer children a place to go before school and may include provision of a healthy breakfast as well as other activities. Homework clubs offer children a place to learn after school hours.
At a breakfast club your child can meet other children in a supervised setting before school. In most cases, breakfast is provided with children brought together around a table to eat.
Some clubs also offer activities that support learning at school. Breakfast clubs are particularly useful if your child arrives early at school, you are a working parent or are following courses of study or training.
Skipping breakfast can mean poor energy and concentration levels in the first half of the school day. This can also lead to poor academic performance.
Often children compensate for the lack of breakfast by buying foods like crisps and chocolate and this encourages bad eating habits.
Breakfast clubs have been shown to improve levels of punctuality and attendance as well as performance in the classroom.
Your child’s school or local education and library board will have more information on breakfast clubs that your child can attend.
Homework clubs offer a place for your child to work in a supervised and supportive environment out of school hours. Your child’s school or local education and library board can give you more information on these.