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Cambridgeshire's HAF programme offers free spaces for fun and food this summer

05 July 2023

This summer, the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is offering free spaces for children in Cambridgeshire who are eligible for free school meals, to enjoy enriching experiences and nutritious food.

This continuing initiative offers primary and secondary school children in Cambridgeshire the chance to enjoy a range of exciting experiences. With a focus on providing healthy meals alongside engaging activities, this programme is ideal for children who want to stay healthy and active this summer.

Each session will include a nutritious meal, a variety of exciting activities or sports and the opportunity to socialise with other children.

Subject to availability of places, any child receiving income-related free school meals is eligible for the programme. The programme will run from 20 July to 31 August, with the exception of bank holidays. Eligible children can attend a holiday scheme for free for up to 64 hours.

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the HAF scheme enables local authorities to coordinate free holiday childcare and enriching experiences locally.

The programme will be delivered by approved providers, co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire County Council. The Council are working with schools, childcare providers and voluntary and community organisations to deliver the programme.

As part of the programme, eligible children will be able to access:

  • Fun and entertaining play opportunities or new experiences that help children to develop their skills and knowledge.
  • At least one meal a day.
  • Guidance on increasing awareness of healthy eating, lifestyles, and positive behaviours.

Parents will be supported with information and signposting to other services and support which might be helpful to families.

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People Committee, said: “I am delighted that we can continue this wonderful scheme in Cambridgeshire during the school summer holidays.

“The benefits that this programme brings runs directly alongside the work we’re already doing to educate children and young people. We hope that this will further promote the benefits of physical activity, as well as the emphasis on nutritious eating.”

Further information can be found at Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme 2023 - Cambridgeshire County Council.