The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme funded by the Department for Education provides free meals and activities for eligible free school meal children across the Ribble Valley during the school holidays.
This year there will be whole host of activity clubs in the Ribble Valley, offering a range of energetic physical activities, exciting new experiences and meeting friends.
We are seeking to fund a diverse range of projects and enrichment activities which are attractive and engaging for all ages and abilities of school children and include nutritious food. Activities can be open to all children with priority given to those receiving benefits-related free school meals. Children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals can pay to attend if there are sufficient spaces and a limited number of spaces can be open to other children in need which should be agreed at the application stage. Spaces for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals will be made available at no cost to the family.
The aim of the programme is to make free places available to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals for the equivalent, but not restricted to, of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks. The HAF programme needs to cover 4 weeks in the Summer and a week’s worth of provision in the Christmas holidays.
School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:
Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they: