Thorney Close Primary School

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8.15am Breakfast Club - Important Information

One Month Notice of Closure of Charged £1 Before School Breakfast Club (8.15am – 8.55am) 

However Magic Breakfast is available free for every child at 8.45 each day. 

Unfortunately, it is with regret that I need to inform you that we need to close the early morning breakfast club, as we can’t afford to run two breakfast provisions.

It is important that we feed the whole school population via the Magic Breakfast and we’ve had wonderful parents who’ve volunteered their services over the past two terms to enable this to happen. I want to say a big thank you to them as they’ve helped with all the food preparation and washing up. But we’ve struggled to deliver when we can’t get volunteer parents and this has impacted greatly on school staff.

The closure of the Breakfast Club will come as a disappointment to the parents of those children who use the club. We are very sad as a school too as we have provided the club for a number of years. The closure is unavoidable because the provision is no longer viable and is too expensive to run. We need to use the school pupil premium resources to provide free breakfast to the whole school population, as we have done in the form of the Magic Breakfast each morning and we can’t staff or afford the extra costs of running two breakfast provisions. The numbers have dwindled from the bigger numbers of the past, as most children are taking advantage of the free Magic Breakfast which is provided for 280 children each day.

The breakfast club was originally established with grant funding from the Government to launch it and its aim was that every child started the day with a healthy breakfast – but it did become early morning childcare for a few working parents. However, we now have the sponsorship from Amazon to provide a free healthy breakfast for every child in the form of the Magic Breakfast which is available for all children at 8.45am each day. Our existing club has never been a commercial enterprise and as such has never involved contracts or retainer payments like you may have with childcare providers. This means that from one day to the next there is no stability in club numbers. On one day we might have 20 children but on another only 8. This causes financial problems because the cost of running the club (staff wages and food costs) is the same every day but the income from the club each day differs greatly. During the last year the income overall has not met the costs of running the club. I know this will be difficult for the working parents who have used this provision to enable them to get to work on time. Therefore, I am giving a month’s notice for parents to make alternative arrangements. The club will run until Friday 6th October.

It is very important to us that you understand the school would never wish to cause disappointment or inconvenience to anyone in the school community but closing the club is, unfortunately, unavoidable for financial reasons. We are the only school in Sunderland offering a free Magic Breakfast to all of our children and I aim to offer this for the whole academic year and beyond, dependent on funding.

If you would like to discuss the closure of the Breakfast Club, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Hopefully this letter explains the reasons for the decision but sometimes it is good to have a face to face conversation as well. If you want to speak to us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your understanding,

Mrs C. Jones, Headteacher