School breakfast clubs are a lifesaver for busy, working parents who need childcare during the hours before school starts. They're also a great way for kids to start the day, by eating a nutritious meal, socialising with classmates and coming to view school as a relaxed, friendly environment. While your child might be apprehensive about attending a school breakfast club, there's a good chance it will quickly become their favourite part of the day. Read on for details on three key ways your child will benefit from attending a school breakfast club.

Start the day with a healthy meal

No matter how good your intentions, it can be challenging to make sure your child eats a healthy, nutritious breakfast every day. It's particularly hard if you're often in a rush, and you might find yourself falling back on unhealthy options, like sugary cereals or biscuits. If you have to travel a long way to your child's school, there might not be time for breakfast, or your child may not have worked up an appetite yet. This means your child could be hungry by the time they start work at school, limiting their ability to concentrate. Before school breakfast clubs offer a wide range of healthy options, and your child will have plenty of time to eat. They might also get the opportunity to try new foods that aren't available at home, which is a great way to broaden their tastes.

Socialise with other children

Breakfast clubs offer a great chance for your child to socialise with others without the pressure of schoolwork getting in the way. Breakfast clubs are often fairly small, which makes it easier for shy children to interact with others in a non-threatening environment. Your child may bond with others based on the fact that they both attend the club, and these friendships can make the rest of the school day much more pleasant for them.

Get used to school in a relaxed environment

If your child is new to attending school, then a breakfast club is a great way to help them settle in. They can get used to being in the school building, but without having to focus on work. Many breakfast clubs run activities like games and quizzes, designed to get your child in a good frame of mind each morning. By having a good experience at school at the start of each day, your child will start to view it as a fun, positive place, so you won't have to worry about morning tantrums.

Luckily, there are many childcare options available to parents and children.