Supporting children to eat more healthily and be more active over the holidays

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What is the (HAF) programme?


In November 2020, the government announced that the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme would be expanded across the whole of England in 2021. Following on from this, the Department of Education has agreed a further three years of funding, starting 2022. The programme has provided healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children since 2018.

The programme will cover Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays in each of the three years. With the programme will being made available to children in every local authority in England.

School holidays can be particularly difficult for some families because of increased costs (such as food) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities

  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health

  • more likely to experience social isolation

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:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities

  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch

  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation

Local authorities have been asked to ensure that the offer of free holiday club provision is available for all children eligible for and in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals (FSMs) in their area. This does not mean they are all required to attend as the provision is voluntary.


Aim of HAF programme...

The aim of the scheme 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.

The children who take part will enjoy fun and enriching activities in a safe and sociable environment and have the opportunity to develop new skills or knowledge and try out new experiences.

At least one meal per day will be included and the children will improve their knowledge and awareness of healthy eating.

The scheme aims to help families develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting.


Who is this programme for?...

Priority places will be given to:

  • Children aged 5-16 years (including 4-year-olds if in Reception) who are eligible for and receiving benefit related free school meals, and their families

  • Friends of the above – if it encourages the free school meal children to attend

Extended Eligibility Criteria*

Up to 15% of holiday camp places can be for children who are not in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals. This includes:

  • children assessed by the local authority as being in need, at risk or vulnerable (for example, children on a Child Protection Plan, Children in Need or on an Early Help plan)

  • young carers

  • looked-after children or previously looked after children

  • children with an EHC (education, health and care) plan

  • children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion

  • children living in areas of high deprivation or from low-income households who are not in receipt of free school meals

  • children in transition phases between nursery and primary school or primary and secondary school

Please note that we don’t have to give places to the above children and young people. If we do, we can choose to charge for these places, at a subsidised rate.

Securely Checking Your Child In & Out


The safety of your child is paramount and our commitment to safeguarding means that we need to ensure that we register your child on arrival and have a secure signing out process.


The process for drop off and collection will be:


  • A staff member will be present to register your child on drop off and on collection you will sign your child out

  • Children can sign themselves out if the parent registered their consent in the form of a signed hand written letter

Note: Under current government guidelines parents will not be allowed entry inside any building and we would actively discourage you from gathering at the venue entrance and maintain an appropriate distance from those around you.

Additional Operating Procedures for COVID-19

In response to the unique challenge of COVID-19, we have developed COVID-specific operating procedures, and these will be integrated into our standard operating procedures from here on.

Our guiding principle for all policies and procedures is that we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. COVID-specific procedures will be integrated into staff training, and our audit process to ensure they are adhered to.


Here are our 3 key principles:


Follow social distancing guidelines

  • Reduced child-numbers

  • Day 'Bubble' system

  • Child groups maintained throughout the days, with a consistent group leader(s)

  • Activities to be adapted to ensure distancing, including equipment use adaptions

  • Higher emphasis on being outdoor where possible

  • Staggered breaks and lunchtimes where facilities don’t allow multiple groups

  • Failure to follow camp rules or staff instructions surrounding Covid will result in phone calls home and collection from holiday camps for the safety of fellow camp members, staff and public.


Operate high levels of hygiene

  • Parents encouraged to provide their children with personal hand-sanitiser

  • Staff expected to provide; and have with them at all times; personal hand-sanitiser

  • Staff and children to wash their hands, either with hand-sanitiser, or at wash-basins, each time they enter and exit the site

  • Stringent hand washing policy that includes before and after each activity session, breaks, lunchtimes and after toilet breaks

  • Staff responsible for regular hygiene reminders

  • Where direct contact occurs; for example, tending to First Aid; staff to wear protective gloves and wash hands afterwards

  • Internal doors to be kept open where possible, especially for sports halls, toilets and changing rooms

  • Adapted and restricted activities that involve any contact

  • Daily cleaning of equipment by our staff and or venue staff

  • Parents encouraged to provide pens, books etc for their child to use during less-active sessions

  • Regular cleaning of high-touch facilities by Pop-Up Sports and/or venue staff


Provide specific supervision

  • Staff to supervise hand-washing

  • Staff to enforce social distancing at all time

  • Staff to be vigilant about signs of infection and follow government guidelines for responding to infection

  • High priority to enforce distancing and hygiene principles listed in 1&2


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