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Enrolling children and young people in free holiday clubs

Did you know that children and young people who are eligible for free school meals can take part in free holiday clubs this winter? Watch this space for sign up when this becomes available.

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Free places are available for primary and secondary school aged children and young people eligible for benefits-related free school meals over the Christmas holiday period. This page will be updated as these places become available for sign ups.

We are able to offer these as part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme. This is backed by England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, an active campaigner against child food poverty.

Holiday clubs provide fun activities and nutritious meals. Through this programme, children and young people can access up to four sessions a week, for four weeks, throughout the Christmas holidays - free of charge.

Specific provisions are available for children with SEND or additional needs.

The sessions include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. 

The Holiday Activity Fund was enjoyed by many during the summer and will run again during the Christmas holidays. Watch this space for information about providers who will be running schemes, and for information on how to enrol.

Some of the holiday clubs are also offering fee paying places for children and young people not eligible for free school meals.

Families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs

We are working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the HAF programme. The free places are funded by the Department for Education

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