More than 130 parents queue from 3am to get kids into sought after breakfast club

The Independent is reporting that more than 130 parents queued from 3am outside a Welsh primary school this morning to ensure their children secured a place at a sought after breakfast club.

Waiting patiently with camping chairs and flasks, determined parents lined the curb outside Ysgol Y Berllan Deg in Cardiff for the annual breakfast club sign-up, which is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.

And for many desperate parents with a long commute, the before-school club is vital, because it allows them to drop their children off early at school and get to work on time.

Leanne Taylor, who arrived at the school at 3am, said there is no other option for her if she wants to maintain her career.

She said: “For some it is essential. I work opposite Tredegar House and I drive in. If I drop them off at 8.30 I won’t be getting into work until 10 because of the traffic. 

“If I didn’t have this I would not be able to go to work. I can’t risk not getting a place, I don’t have a plan B.”

Parents hand in a form for the registration and the school notes down their queue position, she said. 

Another parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ”I don’t know how a single parent would be able to do it as they would have to bring their children with them.”
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