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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Study support: breakfast and homework clubs

Breakfast clubs, usually run by schools, offer children a place to go before school. They may include provision of a healthy breakfast as well as other activities. Homework clubs offer children a place to go after school hours.

Breakfast clubs

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 offer activities that support learning at school. Breakfast clubs are particularly useful if your child arrives early at school.

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 improved punctuality and attendance, as well as performance in the classroom. Your child's school or your local authority will have more information on breakfast clubs your child can attend.

Homework clubs

Homework clubs offer a place for your child to work in a supportive environment out of school hours. Your child's school or your local authority can give you more information on these.

Homework clubs are run in local libraries and these often offer some level of computer and internet access as well as trained staff on hand to help with queries. Homework club venues and facilities differ in each locality and you should contact your local authority or visit their website for more information on what is available near you.

Find out about after/before school childcare

You can find out about after/before school childcare near you from your local authority. Use the link below to enter details of where you live. You will be taken to your local authority website where you can find out more about childcare in your local area.

Find out about play facilities in your area

The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more about play facilities near you.

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