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

    'Breakfast clubs' provide children with free, healthy breakfasts. This can lead to increased attendance rates and better conditions for learning. Approaches vary. Clubs can be open to all children, or limited to those from low-income families. They can be tailored to local settings and preferences.  

    Useful resources include: 

    School Breakfast Program Toolkit, Alberta Health Services, Canada: 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: www.heartfoundation.org.nz/resources/school-breakfast-club

    Guidelines for setting up breakfast clubs, UK Department of Education:  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:  documentcentre.education.tas.gov.au/Documents/DHHS-School-Breakfast-Programs-Infosheet.pdf 

    Detailed Costs

    Services should consider the cost of food and staffing in setting up and running breakfast clubs.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: clubs can be provided to all children at a service, or targeted to specific groups.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: breakfast clubs should be implemented in accordance with the VEYLDF, in particular the following practice principles:
    • Partnerships with families
    • Equity and diversity
    • Reflective practice.

    Program adaptability: breakfast clubs can be easily adapted - catering, for example, to particular age groups, cultural preferences or dietary needs. In Australia, the program is adapted to suit services in each state.

    Staffing: services should consider how staff will organise their time to run the program, and the potential cost of extra working hours and backfill.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 5 - Foundational research evidence