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Book now for the free children’s summer activities we're funding

Published: 15 July 2022

Parents across the county are being encouraged to book their children onto free summer holiday activities that we are funding.

With just over a week left until the end of term parents can book a variety of activities and learning opportunities through the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme website ‘It’s About Me’.

Sessions are provided by a range of local organisations and groups and are free for families who claim benefit-related free school meals with healthy food provided at every activity.

The council-funded programme will be delivered by sport for development charity StreetGames with activities for 5 to 16-year-olds taking place across Derbyshire throughout the school holidays.

Activities and learning opportunities include sport and leisure, outdoor and wildlife, health and wellbeing, reading, fun with food and healthy eating, music and history. The It’s All About Me website also features podcasts, webinars and information about staying safe and sustainable travel.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Safeguarding Councillor Julie Patten said:

“The Holiday Activities and Food programme is a great opportunity to keep children active and learning throughout the summer holidays as well as make sure they get a healthy nutritious meal and I’d encourage parents and carers to take advantage of all the places we have on offer.

“We’ve previously funded similar programmes over the school holidays and they were very well received. We’re looking forward to welcoming children back to activities across Derbyshire this summer.”

Free places may also be available to children in vulnerable groups, including children with special educational needs (SEND) or young carers who do not currently receive free school meals. A small fee may apply for other children and young people.

Places on our HAF programme, which is funded by the Department for Education, are available on a first come, first served basis with priority given to children who receive free school meals and those with vulnerabilities.