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Free Breakfast Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

What time will the session operate?

The Welsh Assembly Government has issued detailed guidance to schools covering the operation of the breakfast session.  All schools will have the flexibility, within these guidelines, to decide how they provide and run the free breakfast sessions. This guidance recommends that:

Breakfast provision should not normally begin earlier than 8.15am
All children should register on arrival
The breakfast session should finish at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the school day
No children should be admitted less than 10 minutes before the close of the breakfast session

What breakfast will my child(ren) receive?

The breakfast on offer must be healthy and nutritionally balanced. There are 4 food groups:Drinks or milk products; Cereals - not sugar coated; fruit; breads.   

A typical breakfast could be:

cereal with milk and chopped fruit, a piece of toast and a drink or
toast, fruit juice and yoghurt.

Who will supervise the breakfast session?

It will be for the school to decide who will supervise the breakfast session. All adults involved in the breakfast session must be cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau before working with children.   

Will I have to pay for the breakfast session?

No - the breakfast and the supervision of your child(ren) during the breakfast session will be free.

How much notice do I need to give to vary the arrangements for my child(ren) to attend the breakfast session?

Ideally a term in advance, but a minimum of 1 week, obviously the more notice the better.  If your child(ren) arrives to have a breakfast without giving prior notice they cannot be guaranteed to receive a free breakfast, although there will be discretion for the school to make some exceptions if there is food available.

Will the children be in mixed age groups for breakfast?

Yes - attendance at the free breakfast session is open to all children attending this school.

My child currently travels to school on the school taxi - what will the transport arrangements be for the breakfast session?

The taxi service will not be expected to change so that children can arrive earlier for Breakfast Club, however if they are at school before 8.40am they will be able to attend the Breakfast Club.

Where can I find out more about the initiative?

The Welsh Assembly Government has set up a website, which provides more information. The address is

A mailbox has also been set up for you to make your views known to the Welsh Assembly Government.  

The address is Breakfastinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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