Provider application process

Supporting community-based organisations to provide healthy and enriching activities and healthy meals for children aged 5 to 16 years

The Department for Education (DfE) provides funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme of healthy food and enriching activities for disadvantaged children during the 2022-2025 Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council are delivering this through the connect4communities programme.

As a result of the programme, we want children to

  • eat healthily over the school holidays
  • be active during the school holidays
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • be more engaged with school and other local services

We also want to ensure that the families who participate in the programme

  • develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
  • are signposted towards other information and support, for example, health, employment, and education

Application process for organisations

Applications from new organisations to join the open framework have now closed. The Council will be advertising the opening of a mini competition from 6th January 2023 for all approved providers to apply to provide HAF places and specialist HAF schemes from 2023. It is anticipated that the framework will re-open within this time period to allow for new providers to apply once more.

In Spring 2022, we launched our open framework and invited applications from a wide network of community-based organisations. Those organisations included existing holiday care providers, schools, childminders, sports coaching, creative and performing arts providers and many others. Providers must deliver sessions which include the provision of a healthy meal and last a minimum of 4 hours a day, at least 4 days a week during

  • 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 sessions. In addition, 15% of places will be made available to other vulnerable children, as defined by the Council.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to deliver

  • high quality enriching activities
  • provide healthy meals and snack
  • signposting to other organisations that can support families
  • transfer of skills to help children and families understand healthy lifestyles
  • activities/classes aimed at helping children and their parents to make healthy and affordable food 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: then ‘Tenders’ and search on the reference CS19177.

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