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Holiday activities programme

Walsall Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF)

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Free activities and food for Walsall families

Children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for free school meals and their families will be able to access free activities and a healthy recipe box during the summer holidays. 

The Department for Education's (DfE) Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) has provided funding for the scheme.

We are working with our partners to develop the programme of virtual and face-to-face activities. They include schools, local voluntary and community organisations and childcare providers.

How to sign up

We will send a postcard out to each eligible child in the week beginning Monday 21 June 2021. It will have information about how to register and book activities for the summer holidays. 

Once you have received your postcard, please register your child/ren using the button below:

HAF registration

You will need to enter your unique code, which you'll find on your postcard.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Holiday Activities Programme?

The programme is for children and young people aged 5 - 16 years who are eligible for free school meals. Children and young people and their families will be able to access free activities and healthy recipe boxes during the Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. 

On 8 November 2020, the government announced that the holiday activities and food programme will be expanded across the whole of England in 2021. The programme has provided healthy food and enriching activities to children since 2018.

Find out more about the national pilot programme and its impact on gov.uk.

The Department for Education's (DfE) Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) has provided funding for the scheme.

How do I know if my child is eligible?

Your child will qualify if all these statements apply: 

  • your child is eligible for free school meals (FSM) or is a young carer 
  • you live in Walsall
  • your child is aged between 5 and 16 years

What do we offer?

The programme

The Walsall Right for Children Summer Holiday Programme will provide free meals and activities for eligible children and their families.

The programme will give your child/ren access to fun and free holiday club activities and online resources to engage with during the summer holiday. You will also get a free food box, helping you to cook healthy meals as a family during the summer break.

You will be able to book one of the following options:

Traditional holiday face-to-face provision (a holiday club)

This provides a range of activities throughout the day for children to engage with. Each child will attend for at least four hours for four days a week. This programme will cover four weeks in total. Your child/ren can attend the same setting for four weeks or they can pick and choose a week at a time with other providers. Your childr/en will also receive a healthy meal.

Courses

Opportunities to provide children with specific skills, for example, dance, music, swimming, sports coaching, youth work training, fishing, mentoring. This this may be face-to-face or online (this will be in the booking description).

Pick and mix

Targeted at young people aged 13+, this offer will provide them with daily activities to engage with. This may be face-to-face or online.

When will I be able to book my child onto activities?

We will send a postcard out to each child in the week beginning Monday 21 June 2021. It will have information about how to register and book activities for the summer holidays. 

Once you have received your postcard, please register your child/ren using the button below:

HAF registration

You will need to enter your unique code, which you'll find on your postcard.

When do the activities start?

The activities will take place over the summer holidays, from 26 July to 1 September 2021.

Why do i need to register for the programme ?

We use a central registration process to make it easier for you to book your child onto activities and to make sure you only have to provide your information once.

We will share this information with the providers of activities your child books on to. This is so they know who will be attending, can ensure they meet your child’s needs, and communicate with you any key information in relation to the activity.

We will only use your child’s personal information in relation to the delivery and evaluation of the holiday activity programme.

What if my child/ren have not received a post card?

If you are unable to find your code, or you have any other queries, please contact your school directly or email the HAF team with the following information:

  • your child’s name
  • their date of birth
  • your address

We will email you your unique reference number.

Alternatively, you can ring the holiday activities helpline on 01922 653899 (Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm).

What happens after I have registered and booked my child/ren’s holiday programme?

You will receive an email with confirmation of your child/ren’s booking.

Once you have registered you are then able to book your activities 

The provider of your child/ren’s holiday provision and they will contact you to discuss any practical arrangements (arrival time, any COVID guidance, and any special requirements your child may have, including dietary needs). 

If you have any queries and want to get in touch with the provider, visit our webpage holiday activities delivery partners.

 

What will happen with the information I provide about my child?

The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 allows us to hold information about children and families as part of our duty to support families.

However, the law says we must:

  • only hold information that we need for the delivery of the progamme
  • only use the information for that reason
  • make sure the information we hold is accurate
  • keep the information only for as long as it is needed
  • make sure we only use the information lawfully and not breach your rights as the owner of this information
  • keep the information secure at all times.

We will need to share information about your child with the organisation who are providing the activities your child is booking to ensure that they can effectively deliver their activities as part of the programme. 

Once registered, we will share your child’s personal information with providers who deliver the activity and holiday programme only for the purpose of the delivery of the programme.

Other questions or need help?

You can email us with any questions you may have, or ring our helpline on 01922 653899 (Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm).

Contact information:

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