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Information for parents
The aim of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with school and other local services.
Further detail about what the HAF programme is and why it was created can be found here. Information for parents and carers about the HAF programme is set out below.
Is my child eligible?
The HAF programme is primarily for children aged 5-16 years (and can include 4-year-olds already in Reception year) who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals (FSM), and their families. If it encourages your child to attend, they can bring a friend. We also encourage HAF providers to make places available to children who aren’t eligible but who can pay to attend.
15% of the funding can be used to provide places considered as vulnerable or in need of this provision. This may include, for example:
- children assessed as being in need
- looked-after children
- children with an EHC plan (education, health and care)
- children assessed as otherwise vulnerable
- children living in areas of high deprivation
- children in families that are struggling due to COVID restrictions
Please note that not all activity providers will be able to accommodate the full age range of the programme. Please check with the provider what age group is appropriate to their activity.
If you think that your child is eligible for a income-related Free School Meal under the above criteria, but you have not yet registered, you can make an application through our website.
If your child is not eligible for the scheme, you can find other holiday childcare on Pinpoint.
How do we access the programme?
To access the programme, simply book a place through one of the providers listed here. Please note that booking details differ depending on each provider.
There is a separate schedule of activities being provided by the Early Years Complex Needs Service. These days out will be for children who are either on our waiting lists, currently working in our service or who have recently been closed to our service. The events will be by invitation only and are for the whole family including siblings.
What if my child has additional needs?
If your child requires assistance for the activity, the parent or carer may be welcome to attend or the activity provider may offer extra support for your child. Please contact the given provider to discuss further.
The providers on offer include those experienced in working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and are therefore appropriately trained to support children with a disability or additional needs.
Does my child need to bring anything?
Just themselves, a smile (hopefully!), and appropriate clothing for the activity.
If the activity is outdoors, please remember to bring a waterproof coat. If for some reason your activity is cancelled due to wet weather, the activity provider will endeavour to contact you at the earliest opportunity to let you know.
Will meals and refreshments be provided?
Yes they will. A healthy meal will be provided each day of the activity.
If your child has a food allergy or special dietary requirement, or if you have a question about the meal, please can you speak to the activity provider. Contact details for the activity providers are on these webpages.
Why are the activities only in some locations?
We invited applications from activity providers who were able to meet the strict HAF criteria and are working with 53 providers spread across the county. However, as you know, we live in a very rural county, which means there will be limitations as to where the programme will operate. So, unfortunately, there may not be a scheme in every town.
Is transport provided?
We would encourage you to make your own way to the activity, but if you do require assistance with transport, please speak to your provider.
Are all the activities and venues COVID-secure?
Yes, all activities and venues have been fully risk-assessed and public health measures will be in place.
Goodie Box contains some great tips on how to stay healthy, prevent food waste and other support available that may be of interest. We hope it can give families with young children some fun activities for them to do together and ideas for new recipes to try out with the food included, which are tasty, nutritious, and affordable.
Please note that the Goodie Box scheme isn’t running over the summer. However, you can find recipes from the Goodie Box scheme on the healthy family-friendly recipes page of the Devon Children and Families Partnership website.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to put a huge strain on some families.
To find out more about what support is available in Devon, including how to access local financial support, where to find foodbanks and community larders, free meals during the school holidays and what to do if you’re on a low income and need to self-isolate, please see our page about the support that is available for families.