Information for Schools and Professionals

Summer Activity Provision Survey
The aim of this survey is to find out what activities will be engaging for pupils and sought after during the summer break. We would like to find out about any activities that may be of interest to families. This may include, but is not limited to, holiday play schemes, creative activities, virtual youth clubs and family attractions/museums.

You can take part in the survey here, please complete the survey by 31st April 2021

This is a space where you can ask questions, provide comments and get up to date information that you may find helpful.

The government has recently announced that the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme will be expanded across the whole of England in 2021.

Read about the HAF programme: Holiday activities and food programme 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Read about guidance on protective measures for out of school settings during the coronavirus pandemic on this page (external link)

Funds have been made available to every local authority in England to coordinate free holiday provisions, including healthy food and enriching activities. The programme will cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021. Dudley have been granted £1,200,000.

The funding for the HAF programme is for children who receive benefits-related free school meals. (Reception to Year 11).

We are seeking to fund a diverse range of projects and enrichment activities which are attractive and engaging for all ages and abilities of school children and include nutritious food. Activities can be open to all children with priority given to those receiving benefits-related free school meals. Children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals can pay to attend if there are sufficient spaces. Spaces for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals will be made available at no cost to the family.

The aim of the programme is to make free places available to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals for the equivalent of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, 6 weeks a year. The HAF programme needs to cover 4 weeks in the Summer and a week’s worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays.

School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • more likely to experience social isolation

Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch
  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation

Do you need volunteer support ?
If you require volunteers to help deliver your activity, we can help you with this by advertising any roles you have with our Volunteer Centre and matching you up with any suitable volunteers that come forward. Please complete the two forms below and email them back to info@dudleycvs.org.uk: