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Summer holiday scheme for Cambridgeshire children in receipt of free school meals

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Enriching experiences and a nutritious lunch are being made available in the summer holidays for the children and young people of families receiving income-related free school meals.

Additionally for the summer Cambridgeshire are funding free access to Ukrainian and other refugee families.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers fun experiences with friends and a nutritious meal for primary and secondary school children in both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

School holiday scheme will offer nutritious meals and fun activities. Photo: Stock image.
School holiday scheme will offer nutritious meals and fun activities. Photo: Stock image.

The sessions will also include a variety of exciting activities or sports and the opportunity to socialise with other children. Any child or young person receiving income-related free school meals is eligible for the programme.

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the HAF Programme enables local authorities to coordinate free holiday childcare and enriching experiences locally. The programme will be delivered in Cambridgeshire by over 125 approved providers and is co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Eligible children can attend a holiday scheme free for up to 64 hours over the summer holidays. Further information can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf and Early Years & Childcare | Peterborough Information Network

As part of the HAF programme, eligible children will be able to access:

Fun and enriching play opportunities or new experiences that provide children with new skills and knowledge.

At least one meal a day.

Guidance on healthy eating and getting children involved in food preparation and cooking.

Support for parents, carers or other family members with guidance on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food.

Information and signposting to other services and support which might be helpful.

Both councils are working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations and childcare providers to deliver the HAF programme.

Councillor Bryony Goodliffe, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s children and young people’s committee, said: “I am delighted that this excellent scheme is being continued in Cambridgeshire in the summer holidays. The HAF programme complements the work we are already doing to educate children about the benefits of physical and creative activity and nutritious eating.”

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