The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2022 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council are delivering this through the connect4communities programme.
On 11 April we launched our open Framework and are inviting applications from a wide network of community-based organisations, including existing holiday care providers, schools, childminders, sports coaching, creative and performing arts providers and many others. Healthy meals must also be provided, and each activity session must last for a minimum of four hours a day, for at least four days a week for:
- one week at Easter
- four weeks in the summer, and
- a week at Christmas
All children in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, who receive benefits related Free School Meals will be eligible to take part in the activities. 15% of places can be made available to other vulnerable children, as defined by the Council.
Who is eligible?
The Council is seeking applications from organisations interested in joining an open framework to provide HAF places and specialist HAF schemes from 2022 to 2025, with an option to extend to 2027.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to deliver:
- high quality enriching activities
- provide healthy meals
- skills, activities/classes aimed at helping children and their parents to make healthy and affordable choices
- a positive legacy that lasts longer than the experience
The specification and all information regarding service delivery together with application questionnaires can be located on the Council’s In-Tend procurement system by using the following link: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/hampshire/ then ‘Tenders’ and search on the reference CS19177. NB: All applications must be received by 2pm on 9 May.