A MUM has been left furious after her daughter’s school starting charging £2 per session for its free breakfast club service.
Longhill Primary School in Hull has run a free breakfast club service for a number of years looking after children 45 minutes before the school day starts.
A mum was left fuming after Longhill Primary school started charging money for a previously free breakfast clubCredit: MEN Media
But since the pandemic, food has not been provided as part of it.
And although food will be available again from September, the school has shocked some parents by revealing they will charge £2 per session.
It comes as millions of people across the nation are already struggling with increased bills thanks to the cost of living crisis.
In a letter seen by Hull Live, Longhill Primary states that the school budget cannot fully subsidise the staffing required and the move brings it in line with other schools.
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One mother of a girl attending the school disagrees and is even considering moving her daughter to a different school as a result.
She said: “£1 would have been a push, but £2 is pure greed.
“My daughter goes to Longhill Primary School and I rely on breakfast club there to enable me to get to work and provide.
“We’re going to be the most expensive breakfast club in Hull, by the looks of it.
“From what I can see from every other school I’ve done my research, it’s like £1 or £1.50. And this is for a 45 minute period.”
She added: “This may force my hand to move my child school just to save money for the month.
“Cut backs need to happen but I did not think moving school would be one of them.”
According to the mum, it has also been indicated to a parent of kids on free school meals that the charge will apply to all, regardless of being in receipt of free school meals.
The £2 charge per session will not make Longhill Primary’s breakfast club the most expensive in Hull, though there remain a number of local primaries who currently advertise the service including with food at a cheaper rate or free, or no charge for recipients of free school meals.
A letter to parents and carers dated Friday, June 17, from the school’s executive headteacher and the head of school, Longhill Primary announced the change from next school term.
It read: “From September we are going to change the way Breakfast Club is run as the school are no longer in a position to offer this service free of charge.
“We are going to offer a Breakfast Club with a choice of toast or cereals at a cost of £2 per session.
“The money will cover the full cost of the food and will contribute to the cost of the staffing.
We do appreciate that this is an additional cost but the school budget is not in position to fully subsidise staffing and this brings Longhill in line with other schools.”
The mum who contacted Hull Live said there had been a survey sent out to parents a couple of weeks ago asking for views on options for the Breakfast Club’s future.
This included bringing back food, with an estimated cost per session of £1.
“They could do the £1. Prices have gone up, we understand that, but to go from a free service to £2 and not actually comply with other schools?”
She also would be in favour of the service remaining free for those who did not want to take up the food option.
“Obviously, they’re used to going to breakfast club every day, so they’re used to having breakfast before they go to breakfast club.
“So they’re probably still going to want to continue doing that, so they’re paying for breakfast that they’re probably not going to eat.”
Nationally, government funding for breakfast clubs at schools in deprived areas of England is to be cut after July.
The national school breakfast club programme provides eligible schools with a 100% subsidy and breakfast supplies at no cost to the school.
The subsidy is set to be reduced to cover 75 per cent of non-breakfast supply costs.
Longhill Primary School has been contacted for comment.