Breakfast Clubs

Ms  GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 287) My question is to the Minister for Education and concerns the Andrews Labor government’s outstanding Breakfast Clubs program.

I was thrilled to see $13.7 million provided in the budget earlier this year, and I know that members of many local school communities were just as excited. In fact, many have already contacted my office to discuss how they could take part in this wonderful program. In my electorate seven schools are already operating breakfast clubs and many others would be interested in starting their own.

The minister and I visited Hampton Park Primary School just last year. Its wonderful principal, Leonie King, told us both how very important its breakfast club is for disadvantaged local families. Many rely upon the clubs to ensure their children start their day in the best possible way. The government’s program will ensure that they have the energy and the concentration to make the most of every day at school. I understand that the program will fund 500 breakfast clubs, and I know that many local schools, their students and parents would benefit from knowing how they may apply for funding through this much-needed program. It will make a big difference to our young people if they can start their day with a full tummy and get on with learning.