The Importance of Breakfast and After School Clubs

Breakfast, after school and holiday clubs are offered by an increasing number of schools across the UK. These clubs are varied in nature and are integral to some school’s daily lives. Tucasi discuss the importance of before and after school clubs, and their impact on lives of teachers, parents and pupils.

A Wider Curriculum

After school and breakfast clubs allow the opportunity for children to continue learning. This opportunity to learn skills and topics which are not part of the core curriculum give the children wider exposure to new knowledge. The BBC has recently praised the extra learning element of after school clubs, as one pupil commented “you get to learn new things, it’s very fun”. Specialist skills such as coding and website design have started to enter classroom, with the addition of “Technocamps”: a group run by coding specialists to teach the younger generation new world skills.

Helping Working Parents

Another giant advantage to extending the school day is the benefit it provides to working parents. With many families having parents in full time work, the ability to offer a longer school day makes it easier for parents to adjust their working schedules. The added benefit of knowing the child is already at the school versus at a childminder’s also provides added reassurance. According to the Guardian, the opportunity to use breakfast clubs highlights the tightrope working parents are walking upon. This was demonstrated as over 100 parents queued from 3am in the morning, outside a school in Cardiff to enlist their child in the breakfast club.

Government Focus

The added focus on extra-curricular clubs was also highlighted earlier in 2018, as Education Secretary Damien Hinds pledged £26 million over the next three years to continue growing the number of breakfast clubs available.

The provision of a healthy breakfast before school has been known to encourage children’s learning and tiredness levels throughout the day, something which is often missed in the mad morning rushes. The provision of breakfast clubs ensures that each child receives a healthy, balanced breakfast before starting the school day.

Making Extended Day Administration Easier

We understand the time and effort involved in coordinating breakfast clubs. With so many individual tasks to complete, such as chasing payment, taking registers and storing allergy information - it's no wonder that staff find the whole process lengthy and sometimes difficult.

Our Extended Day module makes it easier to administer - saving time and effort for teachers. Parents can book their preferred clubs online, make a direct payment and view their child’s attendance history. For schools, the software also identifies if parents owe amounts, and will create reminder letters. The register can be quickly taken by collecting the names of pupils whose parents booked an online place. Overall, the entire process of managing clubs is simplified and streamlined.

To find out more about the Extended Day module or any of the other products mentioned, please contact Terry Brown on 02380 016563 or email tbrown@tucasi.com

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