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A recent survey revealed almost a third of working mums believe they would have to give up job if it wasn't for school breakfast clubs. They also help parents save money on nurseries or childminders - on average around £50 a week.
The number of primary schools offering the service is increasing and the government says it will help fund more from September this year.
With clubs at the end of the school day too, what's known as wraparound care plays an essential part in the way parents decide their budgets and working hours.
Mum-of-two and health visitor Michelle Pratt is acutely aware that when it comes to finding childcare, time is money.
School days are long for her sons Aaron and Oliver, who spend at least 9.5 hours a day there.