Parents queue from 4am to get children breakfast club placesDecember 3, 2018
Parents queue from 4am armed with camping chairs and blankets in freezing wet weather to get their children breakfast club places at primary school
- Parents were forced to queue for hours to get into the breakfast club
- The ques came on the launch of its a first-come first served queuing system
- The school said plans were put in place after a consultation with parents
Parents were forced to queue for hours in freezing wet weather to get their children into a school breakfast club as it launched a first come, first served queuing system.
The parents armed themselves with camping chairs, blankets and thermos flasks as they queued from 4am outside Pontprennau Primary School, Cardiff to secure one of the 70 places.
The school said the decision to put the queuing system in place was made after consulting parents.
Parents armed themselves with camping chairs, blankets and thermo flasks as they queued from 4am outside Pontprennau Primary School, Cardiff to secure one of the 70 places
One mum of a pupil at the school, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The last time they said we could email in on a one by one basis.
‘But people complained that they could not use email. But now we have gone back to the dark ages.’
The mum said parents were ‘calm’ as they queued amid ‘cold and wet’ weather.
The mum said: ‘It’s just awful. I’m not well at the moment anyway, I really didn’t need it.
‘It was freezing cold. People had thermos flasks and blankets on the floor.
‘People had really thought out there plans.’
The school’s breakfast club has space for 70 children. Half of them are paid for places which have an earlier opening time and cost £3 a day.
The school said plans were put in place after a consultation with parents
Parents will have to sign up again in July for the following September term.
The mum said: ‘You pay all this money and it’s this difficult. It’s incredibly frustrating.
‘If you don’t get a place you have to reallocate your child care or change your work hours.’
In July more than 130 parents at another Cardiff School, Ysgol Y Berllan Deg in Llanedeyrn, queued from 3am to make sure they had a space at their breakfast club.
Pontprennau Primary School said registration for the places opened at 7.30am, as planned and advertised, but the school opened the building earlier so parents queueing could come inside ‘out of the wind and rain’.
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A school spokesperson said: ‘This process for breakfast club registration has been put in place after the school consulted with parents on how they would like it to work.
‘The results of the consultation showed that the favoured option amongst parents was a queuing system, with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.
‘The school didn’t receive any complaints from parents when these new arrangements were communicated to them in October.
‘Like most primary schools, Pontprennau’s breakfast club is extremely popular with parents but we only have so many places available, which unfortunately does mean that some families will miss out.
‘Therefore, a system has to be put in place to allocate those places.
‘The school will continue to monitor the process, and continue to listen to all its parents, to ensure the system is as transparent and as fair as possible.’
They added any parents with concerns can contact the school and speak to a member of staff.
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