SRF Program

  • Breakfast Club

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Not applicable

    Description

    Running a “breakfast club” provides children with a free, healthy breakfast, which can lead to increased attendance rates, and good conditions for learning.

    There is not one single approach for setting up a breakfast club. They can be universal or limited to children from low income families. They can be tailored to local settings and preferences.
     
    Below are some resources to assist services in planning and setting up a breakfast club:
     

    School Breakfast Program Toolkit, Alberta Health Services, Canada:  https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/nutrition/if-nfs-school-breakfast-program-toolkit.pdf         

    Best Practice Guidelines for Establishing Breakfast Clubs in Schools, Heart Foundation, New Zealand: https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/resources/school-breakfast-club

    Guidelines for setting up breakfast clubs, U.K. Department of Education:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/breakfast-clubs-in-high-deprivation-schools

    A guide to healthy and successful school breakfast programs, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania:  https://documentcentre.education.tas.gov.au/Documents/DHHS-School-Breakfast-Programs-Infosheet.pdf

    Detailed Costs

    Services need to consider the cost of food and staffing to set up and oversee a Breakfast Club.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: breakfast clubs can be provided as a universal service or be a targeted service for children who are disadvantaged (i.e., nutritionally needy, low SES).

    Program / practice descriptions and details: multiple guidelines and checklists are provided that may help organisations to set up their own breakfast club program.
     

    A breakfast club should be implemented in accordance with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, in particular the following practice principles:

    • partnerships with families
    • equity and diversity
    • reflective practice.
    Program adaptability: breakfast clubs are fully flexible and can be tailored to local contexts, particular age groups, cultural preferences, dietary needs etc. In Australia, the program is adapted to suit services in each state.

    Current best implementation knowledge: as part of many programs, foodbank partners together with other organisations in the state to deliver the program to disadvantaged government primary schools.
     
    Staffing: services may need to consider how staff will organise their time to run this program, with consideration of extra working hours and backfill costs.

    Strength of Evidence

    Logic-informed

    3 stars out of 5