Children’s food and activity scheme extended for three years

04/04/2022


Please read this if you are interested in delivering places for Summer and Christmas 2022 

Hampshire County Council’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme and the Isle of Wight Council’s HAF Programme is to be extended for another three years. The Department for Education funded HAF programme aims to provide support to children in receipt of free school meals through holiday periods: Holiday activities and food programme 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Hampshire County Council anticipates receiving approximately £10m over the next three calendar years, and the Isle of Wight Council £1.3m from 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 and 3,400 within the Isle of Wight.

Both Councils are working together to commission organisations to deliver the HAF programme which 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 contracts, to secure provision across each year. Local organisations are being invited to join the framework of providers who will have opportunity to respond to “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.

You, or a representative from your organisation is invited to attend an information session about the framework which are being held virtually in April. The two sessions are the same content so you only need to attend on to find out more. To book onto one of the dates please use the links below:

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

Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-itt-market-warming-session-tickets-308687742347

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

Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-itt-market-warming-session-tickets-308693319027

Both Councils will be using the HAF Framework in future and it is important that any organisation wanting to be considered for Summer 2022 and Christmas 2022 HAF scheme delivery responds to the Framework invitation and the “mini competition” that will be opened during April 2022.

Tracey Messer
Service Manager Childcare Development and Business Support
Services for Young Children
Children’s Services – Floor 2
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
QEII Court North
SO23 8UG

Tel:  01962 847070 (main office)
Mobile:  07712693137

email: tracey.messer@hants.gov.uk or childcare@hants.gov.uk

For any queries or questions please initially check the information on our website: www.hants.gov.uk/childcare or check the Moodle at: https://sfyctraining.hants.gov.uk/

Reminder for parents claiming ‘30 hours childcare’ in the summer term 2022
All parents who are working, have a 3 or 4 year old and want to claim funded extended hours (30 hours childcare), must make sure they have applied to HMRC no later than 31 March 2022. All parents with a 30 hours code need to make sure their details are up to date. They must do this every three months: https://www.gov.uk/sign-in-childcare-account

We respect the confidentiality of clients and service providers and comply with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts. This will only be breached where there is an issue of safeguarding children.

If you have a Freedom of Information request please redirect to the following email address – childrens.services.foi@hants.gov.uk. Any statutory timeframe will not commence until the request is received at this address.

For any safeguarding concerns please call 0300 5551384.

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