Prudhoe Castle First School, North East

15th May 2018

FareShare provides a weekly delivery of food for the school breakfast club at Prudhoe Castle First School in Northumberland. We caught up with Annamarie Armstrong, Castle Kids Club Manager at the school to find out more.

Why did you decide to set up a breakfast club in your school?

“We started Castle Kids Club four years ago as there was a real need for the working parents who didn’t have access to childcare and needed to drop their children off much earlier so they could go to work. We decided to offer wrap-around care for our pupils, both before and after school and now have 33 children on our books, which in a relatively small school of 70 pupils accounts for over 40% of the school.”

 

Do you see any long-term changes in the children through eating breakfast with you?

“Our breakfast club is open from 7:30am every morning and we have children from two to nine years old attending. Thanks to food from FareShare, we provide cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit and juice to give the children the best start to the day. We have seen a great impact of the breakfast club on the children. Some of the children who come in are eligible for free school meals and we know they would otherwise not have a breakfast at home. You can really see the difference in them, in their energy levels, alertness and ability to concentrate in class.

“We have also had parents who said they wouldn’t be able to work if they didn’t have us. We offer them great support – we’re like their extended family! Parents leave their children knowing they are safe, happy and having fun.”

 

“Some of the children who come in are eligible for free school meals and we know they would otherwise not have a breakfast at home. You can really see the difference in them, in their energy levels, alertness and ability to concentrate in class.”

Annamarie Armstrong, Castle Kids Club Manager

 

Prudhoe Castle First School, North East, breakfast club

Why is access to a good breakfast every morning at the breakfast club important to the pupils in the run up to their SATs?

“In the run up to SATs our breakfast club is so important because if the children haven’t had a good breakfast they won’t be focused and ready to learn. In May, we are inviting all the children from Castle Kids Club in to have breakfast together each morning before their exams.

“I’m a parent myself and know how important having a good breakfast is. During exams the children can be stressed, which makes their parents stressed, so offering this means we can get everybody in early to have a nice breakfast together and help everyone feel more relaxed. They can all start the day feeling good and ready to do their best.”

“Our breakfast club is so important because if the children haven’t had a good breakfast they won’t be focused and ready to learn.”

Annamarie Armstrong, Castle Kids Club Manager

What difference does using food from FareShare make to your organisation?

“The food from FareShare makes such a huge difference to us. It makes such a difference to our bills; we could have been spending hundreds of pounds a month on our food shopping otherwise. It’s such a massive help and we all get really excited for our delivery every Monday!”

 

 


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