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Free holiday scheme places including a meal this Easter

17 March 2023

Enriching experiences and a nutritious lunch are being made available in the Easter holidays for the children of families receiving income-related free school meals.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers fun experiences with friends and a nutritious meal for primary and secondary school children in Cambridgeshire. The programme will run between 3-14 April 2023 (excluding bank holidays).

The sessions will include a healthy meal, a variety of exciting activities or sports and the opportunity to socialise with other children. Any child receiving income-related free school meals is eligible for the programme.

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.

Eligible children can attend a holiday scheme for free for up to 16 hours. A healthy meal will be provided along with a variety of fun activities, sports, and the opportunity to socialise with others. Further information can be found at Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme 2023 - Cambridgeshire County Council.

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

  • Fun and enriching play opportunities or new experiences that provide children with new skills and knowledge.
  • At least one meal a day.
  • Guidance on healthy eating and getting children involved in food preparation and cooking.
  • Support for parents, carers, or other family members with guidance on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food.
  • Information and signposting to other services and support which might be helpful.

We are working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to deliver the HAF programme.

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 Easter 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.”