HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FUND (HAF)
FUNDED SPACES FOR CHILDREN
We are excited to partner with Local Authorities to provide funded places for children who are currently receiving benefit-related free school meals (pupil premium).
WINTER CAMP HAF PLACES AVAILABLE NOW!
We have limited Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) places available for our upcoming Winter Camps at most of our venues. Because of how the winter holiday period has fallen this year, we are operating only two days of camps on 21st & 22nd December (apart from Felixstowe which runs 22nd Dec & 2nd Jan). Since we offer fully-funded 8 hour days, this complies with the HAF offer of 4x 4hour sessions for the winter camp period.
How to Book
If you are booking for Suffolk or Essex places, then please follow these instructions and external links to the centralised booking systems.
Here is how to book:
Suffolk Venues – Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Ipswich and Woodbridge
Follow the unique links to our venue pages. You need to book using the centralised booking system, eequ.
📍Woodbridge – https://eequ.org/experience/5667
📍Ipswich – https://eequ.org/experience/5630
📍Felixstowe – https://eequ.org/experience/5674
📍Bury St Edmunds – https://eequ.org/experience/5672
Essex Venue – Colchester
🎄Look out for a link provided by your school. This will have a unique eligibility code and selective access to the central booking website. All bookings are made here. BE QUICK: We only have a few remaining🎄
📞 If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to get in contact: 01473 942990. We look forward to welcoming you to our winter camps shortly.
If you have a HAF code and want to express your interest in joining us, fill in the form the below. If we have any cancellations for bookings we shall make contact on a first-come-first-served basis.
- ESSEX HAF – If you are located in Essex, you must wait for an email to be sent by your school with your 16 character Wonde Code. You can use this to book spaces with us via app.holidayactivities.com booking system. A secure link with your child’s Wonde code is sent by their school. This gives you access to the many providers who are subscribed to this scheme and all bookings for School’s Out Activities are made through this secure site. Once you have requested spaces with us we will approve these and provide you with the ability to book the free amount of days you have requested on our own website. We kindly ask that after your booking has been confirmed by evouchers, you make the booking via our website with the same dates selected. For more assistance with this, please do not hesitate to contact our booking enquiries team (01473 942999).
What is the Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)?
The government’s expanded £220 million Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) is able to offer funded school holiday activity places along with a healthy packed lunch for children who are eligible. The idea was initiated by England Footballer, Marcus Rashford, who campaigned for children to be given access to fun and healthy experiences during their school holidays.
Who can access the HAF programme?
Funded holiday club places are available to children and young people who receive benefit-related free school meals in Mainstream, Academy and Free Schools education.
County Councils will offer paid-for places to children of all ages and backgrounds, where possible.
When is the HAF available?
School’s Out Activities and the HAF pilot programme supported around 300 children in 2021 across Suffolk and Essex. We have now recently secured funding for our Colchester Camp and will have 30 places per day for children in receipt of benefit related free school meals. The success of the scheme has resulted in the funding being extended until 2024.
Parents, carers and guardians can access the HAF during the Summer Holidays, Christmas Break and Easter. Currently, there isn’t any funding for the Half Term Holidays.
What food is provided?
At every holiday programme, children will enjoy a nourishing and tasty meal, as well as learning about the importance of healthy eating.
The School’s Out Activities lunchbox is provided by an external catering agency and contains a choice of sandwich, healthy crips, fruit, yoghurt or jelly and water. We cater for all allergies and dietary requirements.
How many days can I book?
The amount of days is allocated per child and not per family. Therefore if a family has 3 qualifying children, the amount of funding is allocated for each child and does not need to spread amongst siblings.
- Easter Holidays = 4 individual days
- Christmas Holidays = 4 individual days
- Summer Holidays = 16 individual days
The funding excludes Early Bird (8-9am) dropoff and Extended Fun (5-6pm) collection. If you wish for your child/children to stay later than the usual daily time (9am – 5pm) you will need to pay for this addition. Early Bird and Extended Fun are priced at £5 each.