The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has called for the Labour Government to increase breakfast club capacity across Wales.
Leanne Wood made the calls during a plenary session after a number of parents got in touch to express their anger and disappointment at missing out during the recent application process for breakfast club places for their children.
Many parents complained that the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council website crashed while they tried to apply, only to come back online after all places had gone.
During Business Questions in the Senedd, Leanne said: “Over the last week, I've been inundated with complaints from parents in the Rhondda who've been unable to secure a place for their child or children at the school's breakfast club.
“Now, this is an issue that came to my attention towards the end of last year, when the last round of breakfast places were all snapped up very quickly, leaving many parents not just disappointed but in despair.
“At the time, I wrote to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and your Government calling for breakfast club places to be prioritised for vulnerable children and those of key workers, and I was told that this couldn't be done, as it's not permitted by the legislation.
“While that was disappointing to hear, that would only have been a temporary solution anyway. We need major investment in breakfast clubs in schools across Wales in order to increase the capacity so that supply can meet the demand that's out there.
“So, can we have a Government statement about the current breakfast club situation in Wales, and could you let us know if your Government intends to do anything about this problem, which keeps cropping up each time there's a new round of applications?”
In reply, Trefnydd Rebecca Evans said she would raise the matter with the Education Minister.
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