Plea for breakfast club at Dagenham school

Warren Junior School, Whalebone Lane

Warren Junior School, Whalebone Lane - Credit: Archant

Parents from Furze Infants are calling for a breakfast club to be opened at Warren Junior School.

The two schools are combined in federation meaning they share an executive headteacher and a board of governors.

Mums with children at Furze Infants say although the idea was put to governors for consideration it was dismissed citing a lack of demand.

However, the school say that they received only six expressions of interest when they last consulted parents.

Priya Millington, 38, has a son at Furze Infants due to move schools in September.

With an 8.15am start at work the lack of a breakfast club will mean the added expense of extra childcare.

She said: “I am going to have to sort someone to take my son to school in the morning. I work four days a week.”

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She believes the club puts her son in the right frame of mind to learn.

“At the breakfast club he can relax and eat because it will be mad rush if I am going to work.”

Navjeet Bharti, 49, who has a six-and-a-half-year-old daughter, has cut back her hours.

She says the club is imporant for parents who need to work, adding: “This is the first time I have done reduced hours. Reducing my hours means I have less to pay the bills.”

A mum who did not want to be named said that the lack of continuity between schools is disruptive for children and makes it difficult for working parents.

“We just want there to be understanding that there are working parents who do not always have flexibility.”

A council spokeswoman said the school is supportive of the idea and would be happy

to accommodate a breakfast club at the school but they can only do so if the demand is there.

However, discussions are ongoing and they will continue to consult with parents on the issue.

She added: “The school and the governors are willing but they need enough parents. You can’t run one at a loss.

“They are going to keep trying but they need enough expressions of interest.”