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Healthy school initiatives


School lunches, breakfast clubs and other school food initiatives can play a key role in improving children's diets.

A Good Practice Guide for School Food Initiatives

This guide offers advice on funding for school meal initiatives, how to provide school lunches, how to set up and run breakfast and after-school clubs, how to plan a school food initiative, as well as how to devise a Healthy School Food Policy, including introducing healthier snacks and lunchboxes, the provision of water in schools and school fruit and vegetable growing projects.

A Good Practice Guide for School Food Initiatives

A Good Practice Guide for Breakfast Clubs

Breakfast clubs were first set up to combat poverty and malnourishment in disadvantaged communities. Since their development research indicates that breakfast clubs are more than a means of providing food. They provide a fun and safe place for children to meet their friends before school, which is especially important for children who find school challenging and have difficulty socialising. They can also be a wonderful opportunity to welcome families within the school setting, and can help relieve family pressures and stress through the provision of an alternative approach to breakfast. Breakfast clubs can be a real support to families and help build positive relationships between the school and the local community.

This guide aims to:

  • provide information on setting up and running a breakfast club,
  • includes case studies of existing clubs to show how they work in different settings
  • support schools and community groups to create a positive social environment where children can prepare for the school day

A Good Practice Guide for Breakfast Clubs



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