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More than 130 parents queue from 3am for school breakfast club

Over 130 parents at a Cardiff primary school queued since 3am to make sure their children have a space at a breakfast club next year.

Every year, Ysgol Y Berllan Deg in Cardiff, Wales, opens up applications for its before-school breakfast club, which has limited spaces.

The breakfast club is a government scheme aimed at providing primary school children with the opportunity of receiving a free, healthy breakfast at school each day.

For many parents with a long commute it is vital as it allows them to drop their kids off early and get to work on time.

The school opened its applications for the next school year today and some parents were so worried about missing out the queued through the night outside the school gates.

Front of the queue was Annett Farrow from Carmarthen, whose grandchild goes to the school.

We have been on the road since 1am and got here at 3am. My son and daughter-in-law are on holiday so we had to come.

If it gets them a place it will have been worth it.

We have bought biscuits and crisps - the only problem is the toilets.

We have been using the toilets in the hotel opposite!

– Annett Farrow
Leanne Taylor said she cannot risk not getting a place.

For some parents like Leanne Taylor, who has been in her chair since 3.30am, there is no back-up plan.

I have two children, one of whom is starting in reception in September.

I had to do this last year when it did rained a bit.

I had only moved into my house two days before and I didn’t have internet.

I planned to bring my laptop and do some work while I waited.

The police turned up and asked what I was doing!

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.

To do it you literally have to walk in and hand a form in. They then write what number you were in the queue on the form.

The ones that are here first are the ones that need it most.

– Leanne Taylor

Some parents are now veterans of the process, like Julie Ayre, who works in Somerset.

My child will be in year six so this is the last year I have to do this, thank goodness!

Last year I was 125th and I didn’t get a place but I went on the waiting list and got one. If I didn’t get it I would have to pay for a childminder.

– Julie Ayre