The funding for this holiday activity programme is for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (Reception to Year 11). We work with local providers to establish places and provision with local stakeholders and partners to provide a wide range of activities and healthy meals for all eligible children during our Easter, summer and Christmas holiday programmes.
The video below celebrates the great work of Southampton City Council and its partners in delivering the HAF project over the summer of 2021, showcasing the wealth of provision, partnership working and commitment to supporting our city’s children. The project supported eligible children receiving free school meals in Southampton, offering families a safe environment to be active, educated, entertained through enrichment activities and the added provision of health meals.
We want to regularly engage with a wide network of community-based organisations from across the city including existing holiday care providers, schools, sports, music groups and creative providers and any others who would be interested in taking part.
Provisions need to be:
- Spring: At least four hours a day, four days a week for one week
- Summer: At least four hours a day, four days a week for four weeks
- Winter: At least four hours a day, four days a week for one week
The minimum of four days delivery do not have to run consecutively and can be delivered split across the weeks or in half day sessions.
We are interested in proposals from providers who can deliver within one or more of areas of the city – and from providers who would be interested in ‘scaling up’ their current provision, to meet the needs of a wider cohort of children and families within Southampton. We would be delighted to discuss ideas providers might have, at this stage, for any support they may need to scale up their provision – and to discuss what this might entail.
Enriching activities SHOW
Clubs must provide fun and enriching activities that provide children with opportunities to develop new skills or knowledge, to consolidate existing skills and knowledge, or to try out new experiences. This could include physical activities such as football, table tennis, cricket; creative activities such as putting on a play, junk modelling, drumming workshops; or experiences such as a nature walk, visiting a city farm etc.
Clubs must provide at least one meal a day (breakfast, lunch or tea) and all food provided at the club (including snacks) must meet school food standards. The expectation is that the majority of food served by providers will be hot, however, we acknowledge that there will be occasions when this is not possible and that a cold alternative should be used. All food provided as part of the programme must comply with regulations on food preparation and take into account allergies and dietary requirements and preferences as well as any religious or cultural requirements for food.
Physical activities SHOW
Clubs must provide activities which meet the Physical Activity Guidelines on a daily basis.
Nutritional education SHOW
Clubs must include an element of nutritional education each day aimed at improving the knowledge and awareness of healthy eating for children. These do not need to be formal learning activities and could for example include activities such as getting children involved in food preparation and cooking, growing fruit and vegetables, and taste tests.
Food education for families and carers SHOW
Clubs must include at least weekly training and advice sessions for parents, carers or other family members which provide advice on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food.
Signposting and referrals SHOW
Clubs must be able to provide information, signposting or referrals to other services and support that would benefit the children who attend their provision and their families. This could include sessions, information provided by external organisations.
Policies and procedures SHOW
Providers must be able to demonstrate and explain their safeguarding arrangements and have relevant and appropriate policies and procedures in place in relation to:
- Health and Safety
- Accessibility and inclusiveness, including addressing equality and diversity
- Where appropriate, clubs must also be compliant with the Ofsted requirements for working with children. For more information, please visit Ofsted.