Information for parents and carers
Thank you to everyone who participated in our HAF 2023 we are now working on our programme for the final year, 2024.
The Department for Education (DfE) funded Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme aims to support children, young people and families eligible for HAF to:
- eat more healthily over the school holidays and try new foods
- are more active during the school holidays
- take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
- are safe and not so socially isolated
- have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
- are more engaged with school and other local services
- are able to develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
- are signposted towards other information and support, for example, health, employment and education
Please note that the HAF programme covers 4 days at Spring, 16 days in the Summer and 4 days at Winter – it does not run in half-term holidays.
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.
How do we access the programme?
We are currently planning our provision for Spring 2024, and will update this as soon as the list is finalised.
Eligible children will be sent a code to use for booking your HAF place from your school. To access the programme, simply book a place with your chosen provider.
Please note that booking details differ depending on each provider. In order to book a place on a HAF scheme for 2024 in Devon you will receive a unique code via email direct or from your school; you must show your HAF provider this code to book a place.
Is my child eligible for HAF?
Places will be prioritised for school aged children and young people from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who are receiving benefit-related free school meals, and their families. Each child will receive a code if they are eligible.
Please note this is not for children on universal free school meals.
You can apply for benefit related free school meals online: Free school meals – Support for schools and settings (devon.gov.uk)
An optional 15% of the funding can be used to subsidise places for children who are not in receipt of benefit related free school meals but match the following criteria:
- Children in care
- Children previously looked after
- Children with EHCP
- Young Carers
Please note the number of these places are limited. HAF Providers will hold a waiting list for extended criteria places and will not be able to confirm a place until a week before the Holiday period. Priority must be given to the Benefit Related Free School Meal Children.
Additionally, 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 for their activity.
When you book a HAF extended criteria place, you will need to tell the provider that you are asking for an extended criteria place and explain the category. They will then record this as your code for 2024.
A number of HAF providers have registered with Ofsted and will offer paid-for places as well as HAF-funded places. Please use this link to see what government help is available to pay for childcare: Childcare Choices | 30 Hours Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More | Help with Costs | GOV.UK
What if my child has additional needs?
If your child requires assistance for the activity, please contact the given provider to discuss further – the parent or carer may be welcome to attend or the activity provider may offer extra support for your child.
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.
Although HAF sessions are free to eligible families, if your child/ren does not turn up, it means that other eligible children missing out on their opportunity to attend a holiday club and receive a nutritious meal. Therefore, please only book your child/ren onto the days they can attend.
If a child doesn’t attend two or more booked sessions over any holiday period and their place isn’t cancelled in advance, this will result in all of their other bookings being cancelled for the remainder of the holiday. This will enable other child/ren to be offered the place(s).
To cancel a booked session, please contact the HAF club provider by telephone or email 48 hours in advance
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 speak to the activity provider. Contact details for providers will be made available ahead of each holiday.
Why are the activities only in some locations?
We invited applications from activity providers across the county who were able to meet the strict HAF criteria. 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 require assistance with transport, please speak to your provider.
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