When we are booked to record on location at a Primary School, our sound engineers tend to arrive at the school around 07.30am. At this point breakfast club is usually just getting started. There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the benefits of breakfast clubs in Primary Schools.Tesco even offers vouchers to buy equipment for them. The main driver for the increase in breakfast clubs is the perceived benefit to children and their families – improved learning, attendance and behaviour at school, punctuality, healthy eating, social development, and fun through play.
It has long been accepted that breakfast is potentially the most important meal of the day. Nowhere is this more important than for school children, particularly those of Primary School age. In an ideal world, every child would have eaten a nutritious breakfast before setting out for school. But this is often not the case. The right start to the day means the pupils are more alert during the day and can therefore derive more benefit from their lessons. By getting the right start to the day it could be argued that Breakfast Clubs are playing a part in giving children the right start in life. The clubs also help schools meet their statutory obligations in the Childcare Act 2006 and the Extended Schools core offer requirement for 8am – 6pm childcare.
When the pupils see us setting up in the Hall during breakfast club, it’s lovely to see the excitement on their faces as they see a studio taking place. Lots of them will also then start singing their songs to us as we set up. If we are really lucky, the breakfast staff take pity on us and make us some toast with a mug of coffee! Even sound engineers need to eat sometimes too!
Once breakfast club is over and the hall is cleared we generally start recording from around 9am or just after a morning assembly. We would like to thank all breakfast club staff across the UK for being there to support and feed the children whilst also putting up with us setting up around them!
If you would like to find out more about recording an album in your primary school, then please give us a call on 01225 302143 or click here to email us