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HAF Programme Framework of Standards
These are the standards we expect for providers of the 2021 Holiday and Activity Food programme.
Providers must provide at least one meal a day (breakfast, lunch or tea) and all food provided at the holiday club (including snacks) must meet school food standards. Our expectation is that the majority of food served by providers will be hot. However, we acknowledge that there will be occasions when this is not possible and a cold alternative may be used with prior agreement from Devon County Council.
All food provided as part of the programme must:
- comply with regulations on food preparation:
- take into account allergies and dietary requirements (see the allergy guidance for schools)
- take into account any religious or cultural requirements for food
Holiday clubs must provide fun and enriching activities that provide children with opportunities to:
- develop new skills or knowledge
- consolidate existing skills and knowledge
- try out new experiences
This could include:
- physical activities, for example, football, table tennis or cricket
- creative activities, for example, putting on a play, junk modelling or drumming workshops
- experiences, for example, a nature walk or visiting a farm
Devon County Council will support providers to deliver a rich and varied mix of fun and enriching activities that are age-appropriate. We welcome bids that have also considered how they might encourage the continued use of fine motor skills over the holiday periods.
Holiday clubs must provide activities that meet the physical activity guidelines on a daily basis.
Providers must include an element of nutritional education each day aimed at improving the knowledge and awareness of healthy eating for children. These do not need to be formal learning activities and could for example include activities such as:
- getting children involved in food preparation and cooking
- growing fruit and vegetables
- taste tests
Food education for families and carers
Providers must include at least weekly training and advice sessions for parents, carers or other family members. These should provide advice on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food.
Signposting and referrals
Holiday clubs must be able to provide information, signposting or referrals to other services and support that would benefit the children who attend their provision and their families. This could include sessions provided by:
- Citizen’s Advice
- school nurses, dentists or other healthcare practitioners
- family support services or children’s services
- housing support officers
- Jobcentre Plus
- organisations providing financial education
Policies and procedures
There will be a wide variety of organisations and individuals involved in the delivery of the holiday activities and food programme. All of these groups must be able to demonstrate and explain the safeguarding procedures and checks that they have in place for the holiday activities and food programme.
They must be relevant and appropriate policies and procedures in place for:
- safeguarding, including the recruitment of staff and volunteers; be familiar with the working together to safeguard children guidance and familiar with part 1 of keeping children safe in education if in a school setting
- health and safety
- relevant insurance policies
- accessibility and inclusiveness
Where appropriate, holiday clubs must also be compliant with the Ofsted requirements for working with children.