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Breakfast clubs ideas for ensuring children actually eat!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by msbumble, May 27, 2017.

  1. msbumble

    msbumble New commenter

    i'm in need of some ideas please!

    We have a very popular breakfast club, that usually has between 110-140 children attend.

    Now, some children don't need to eat there, they have breakfast at home and are dropped off so parents can get to work. That's fine. However, there are a large number of children who don't eat anything, they just go to play straight away, or have one or two bites, realise their friends are there and throw their breakfast away so that they can go and join in.

    A lot of these children are then complaining of being hungry during the morning. Is there a way of ensuring that they are actually eating their breakfast? We're limited on staff numbers, so that doesn't help matters!

    Any and all ideas very gratefully received!!
  2. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    We all sit down together, whether eating or not. Those that don't want to eat just have a drink but they sit there for a reasonable period. This means those that are eating have a reasonable time to do so.
  3. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Yes, everyone sitting down and eating together makes all the difference. I guess if breakfast is very nice to eat then they will not want to leave any of it, but that's a whole different issue!
  4. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Would it be practical to have a choice of either sitting at the table and chatting with your friends (and eating your breakfast!), or quiet reading on the carpet? That way you're combining the social part of the club with the eating breakfast part.
  5. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Force feeding.
  6. RuthTom

    RuthTom Occasional commenter

    It's very hard to get large numbers of children to eat if they really don't want to. If you have any control over the menu you could provide small bananas or a healthy muffin or something not too demanding. Other than that don't let the children go and play until they have eaten a certain amount.
    Plenty of children (and adults) don't do breakfast at all and wold rather have something a bit later on.
  7. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    I guess they've eaten at home so no need to feed them again. Have the food available but don't give them more than they want.
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Have breakfast service at the end of breakfast club.
    So if the club starts at 7.45, then they all play until 8.30 and then all sit (at the table??) for a drink and some food. Bet even those who have eaten at home will happily munch some more if it is handed to them.
    Maybe a member of staff per 30/50 children can read a story while they all eat?
    After food they just help clear up and then go to class.
  9. msbumble

    msbumble New commenter

    Thanks for the ideas. It's a really tricky one with so many children and limited staffing. I'll share some of these ideas when we go back next week.

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