Children’s food and activity scheme extended for three years

Hampshire County Council’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme - which aims to help families facing hardship - is to be extended for another three years

Apr 5 2022

Total funding worth approximately £10m will be allocated to the County Council by the Department for Education to continue running the scheme, which offers healthy food and enriching activities to eligible children during the school holidays – a time when some families struggle with the extra costs, such as food and childcare. In Hampshire, there are over 33,000 children who are potentially eligible for free HAF places.

The HAF programme will continue to make free places available to eligible children for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year. This covers four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays. Organisations will also be able to offer additional places to fee paying families.

To support the three-year programme, the commissioning process is changing from termly grant awards to service contracts which will offer more certainty to providers as well as allowing provision to be secured for a full year. Organisations are being invited to join the framework of providers who will have the opportunity to respond to a ‘mini competition’ to run the activities between now and 2025. These could be schools, childcare providers, community organisations, as well as sports coaching and outdoor education providers.

Information sessions about the framework are being held in April and organisations are invited to attend to find out more. To book onto an event please use the links below:

HAF Framework Information session: Wednesday 6 April, 11am to 12noon

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HAF Framework information session: Thursday 7 April, 7pm to 8pm

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For this Easter holiday (11 to 22 April 2022), Hampshire County Council has awarded grants totalling £512,117 to local organisations that are providing free food and activities to children from lower income families during the break. Outdoor education, dance, sports and computer skills are among the activities being offered byproviders that have received an Easter grant.

Families wanting to find out what is on offer locally should search the Family Information and Services Hub.