Holiday Activities and Food scheme

Brighter Futures for Children is delighted to be co-ordinating the Holiday Activities and Food scheme up to 2023 on behalf of Reading Borough Council, funded by the Department for Education.

Please note: HAF registration is only open to children eligible for pupil premium free school meals.

The HAF programme provides activities and lunch with our HAF funded providers, for children across Reading eligible for pupil premium free school meals and those identified as vulnerable by the DfE. 

The activity clubs are offered over Christmas, Easter and summer holidays providing a range of energetic physical activities, exciting new experiences and delicious meals too!

Half term weeks are not covered by HAF.

If your child/children is not currently in receipt of pupil premium free school meals but you think your circumstances mean they could be eligible, please fill in an application form and submit it to your child’s school. The form and more information can be found on our free schools meals page.

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) is a DfE funded programme to support children aged 4-16 years (reception -Year 11) who are in receipt of pupil premium (or benefits related) free school meals (FSM) to access enriching activities and food during Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. Holiday activities and food programme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is taking part in the HAF programme and is working in partnership with holiday activity clubs to provide free places for eligible children who attend schools in the Reading Council area.

BFfC is also able to use up to a maximum of 15% of its HAF programme funding (subject to availability of funds) to provide free or subsidised holiday activity club places for children who live in Reading and are not eligible for pupil-premium free school meals.

Allocation of funding for children in this group will be based on the following criteria

  • young carers
  • looked-after children or previously looked after children
  • children with an EHCP (education, health and care plan)
  • children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion
  • children living in areas of high deprivation or from low-income households who are not in receipt of free school meals
  • children with refugee status and seeking asylum
  • children supported by professional agencies eg Children’s Social Care, Early Help
  • children in alternative provision or home schooled
  • children who have a sibling/s with SEND
  • children recently bereaved (parent/carer or sibling)
  • children with poor mental health (or that of their parent/carer)
  • children affected by the impact of covid

Children meeting the above criteria must be referred to the programme by a professional involved with the child and their family. The referring professional should include details of why they feel the child could benefit from attending a HAF activity club. All referrals should be sent to the HAF coordinator Ciaran.Delaney@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Easter Registration

Registration is now closed.

The next HAF programme will be back in the summer.

Easter holiday camp providers are listed below

Camp Beaumont

Book our multi-activity programmes this Easter with over 50 exciting activities for all sporty, creative or imaginative camp-goers!

Ensure your child learns new skills, makes new friends and enjoys their most exciting school holiday yet!

Bookings for the HAF provision will need to be taken via phone or email.

The contact details for bookings are:

Visit: https://www.campbeaumont.co.uk/

Egg-cellent Easter Holiday Camp at Whitley Park! 

Every session at Funtastic Kids is full of exciting and engaging activities that build upon children’s learning. This Easter, our timetable includes creative crafts, baking, Easter egg hunts, and growing our own tomato and sunflower plants! Plus, our energetic sports sessions (archery, street dance, tri golf and more) will keep children active each day.

Our friendly and nurturing staff are committed to giving every child a fulfilling experience, making this school break one to remember.

Our webpage with details about the Holiday Camp at Whitley Park is here: https://funtastickids.co.uk/holiday-camps/whitley-park-primary-holiday-activities-food-programme-easter-2023/

Get Active ‘The Great Outdoor’ Easter Camp

Get Active booking link

Join Get Active at Alfred Sutton and Prospect schools this Easter holiday, where children will have the opportunity to play with friends in a safe, enjoyable setting. Get Active offers arts and crafts, board games, karaoke, drama and every single sport you can think of including football, cricket, basketball, tennis, hockey and much more.

Camp details:

Alfred Sutton Primary School – 148 Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1JR

3 April-6 April, 8am-12noon

Prospect School – Cockney Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4EX

3 April-6 April, 1-5pm

Select up to four sessions (four hours per session) per child.

Please only book onto these sessions if your child(ren) is entitled to pupil premium free school meals and use your HAF code provided.

JAG – Junior Adventures Group

Spring into the Easter Holidays with JAG! Their brand-new activity programme promises an exciting adventure around every corner, with a range of activities designed to keep children active, build their confidence, enhance their wellbeing and more – all with a fun and egg-citing Easter twist!

With an awe-inspiring mix of multi-activity programming spread across seven core categories, JAG’s passionate staff ensure no day is ever the same, making our children’s time at JAG their favourite time!

To find out more information on their fun-packed activities, visit: https://www.junioradventuresgroup.co.uk/holiday-clubs/activities.

  • Providing something for every child, with a wide range of fun-filled activities
  • Confidence-building by learning new skills and trying new challenges under expert guidance
  • Enhanced wellbeing through a focus on mindfulness, kindness and being active
  • Expertly trained professionals delivering activities in a safe, supportive, and fun environment
  • Encouraging positive interactions that nurture friendship and social awareness
  • Engaging children with lots and lots of fun!

Little Musketeers is delighted to return to the Wren School in Reading this Easter!

The UK’s No.1 dedicated primary school fencing programme, Little Musketeers offers a welcoming and friendly club giving children a fun and safe introduction to the Olympic sport of fencing.

What child has not grown up pretending to be a swashbuckling pirate, a duelling musketeer, or even the master of swordplay himself, Zorro? Why do they do it? Because it’s fun!

Little Musketeers provides bright coloured foam and plastic foils and plastic masks with mesh visors that are safe and yet hard enough to give children the real feel of fencing.

The children will also play a variety of other sports, games and activities throughout the week, such as football and basketball.

You can access the booking link for Little Musketeers Easter camp here: https://bookings.littlemusketeers.com/.

You’ll need to first click ‘Berkshire – Holiday Camp’ and then type ‘Reading’ and the Easter HAF camp option will show.

You can register for Make Sense Theatre Easter camps via the registration page.

MLD/SLD ages 12+

  • Tuesday 4 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 April, 9.30am – 12.30pm

This session is for neurodivergent teenagers and young adults who enjoy acting, moving or any element of theatre and drama, or, for those who want to play games, make friends and practice working as a team. Similar to our weekly youth theatre, we will explore drama in an engaging and accessible way whilst also providing challenge to those young people who have experience of drama and want to develop their skills. The young people attending this session won’t require 1:1 support and will be comfortable in a busy, loud and lively environment. 

Complex Needs/PMLD ages 10+ 

  • Tuesday 4 April, 1-4pm 
  • Wednesday 5 April, 1-4pm
  • Thursday 6 April, 1pm-4pm

This group is for young people with profound autism and/or multiple and complex needs, who would enjoy an immersive, sensory experience. This group will be staffed so that each attendee will have a trained 1:1 to help them engage with the different elements of the session. We incorporate different strands of creative sensory exploration to this group including a performance of our current 7Sense show, a visiting musician from Berkshire Maestros, sensory and messy art, and music and movement. We use soft lighting, calming music and break out space to help regulate attendees. 

MLD/Sensory, ages 5-12

  • Wednesday 5 April, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Thursday 6 April, 10.30am-12.30pm

This group is for young people who may have a diagnosis of ASD or similar and who might benefit from a calm, gentle and sensory approach to a drama workshop. This group will incorporate different aspects of the creative arts and is specifically designed for those who would struggle in a busy, loud, echoey environment but like role play, drama games, music and song. The attendees of this group may require 1:1 support in order to engage with the activities on offer.

Next Thing Education

We assist children on their path of discovering themselves through enriching tech, coding and science projects.

Our after-school clubs and holiday camps are the perfect place for children to have fun, get creative and absorb our knowledge of all things coding!

We are a group of professional creators, inventors and tech- enthusiasts who love sharing our skills with young inventors. No stress, we bring the cutting-edge technology and children learn the creative, technical and logical skills they need for the future.

Book now at: https://www.nextthing.education/product/st-michaels-primary-school-easter-camp/

You can now book with NSSports for Easter holiday camps – you’ll need to create an NSSport account at www.nssport3.co.uk

Once created, click on bookings, select churchend school, select Club 4 HAF programme, then select the days you want your child/children to come. At the payment stage, check out with credit note and use your HAF code as the code to secure payment. If you have any problems with your booking, please contact NSSport at info@nssport.co.uk.

Book with NSSport for fun activities including:

  • Art & Design
  • Holiday Themes – Easter, Nerf play and fun at the fair
  • Sports, including football, dodgeball, gym, hockey, cricket and more
  • Healthy eating and daily mile to encourage your child to eat well and get moving!

Each child will be served with a morning fruit snack, drinks and a lunchtime meal.

NSSports camps will run between 9.30am-3.30pm on the below dates:

  • Monday 3 April
  • Tuesday 4 April
  • Wednesday 5 April
  • Thursday 6 April

Premier Education camps are designed for children of all abilities, with the focus being upon fun and enjoyment. They are run by highly trained and experienced activity professionals and coordinated by Premier Education.

Premier Education has developed a bespoke programme to maximise fun and enjoyment for all the children participating. Activities range from archery to dodgeball, dance and creative arts, as well as a whole range of racket and ball sports.

Each day ends with an awards ceremony celebrating and rewarding sporting and fair play values.

Details of camp venues, dates and times are below. Click on the links to access the relevant booking.

All clubs run from 10am-2pm

The Ridgeway Primary, Hill Brow RG2 8JD

Monday 3 April – Thursday 6 April

Ridgeway Primary booking

Meadow Park Academy, Norcot Road RG30 6BS

Monday 3 April – Thursday 6 April

Meadow Park Academy booking

Wilson Primary, Wilson Road RG30 2RW

Monday 3 April  – Thursday 6 April

Wilson Primary booking

New Christ Church CofE Primary, RG2 0AY

Tuesday 11 April – Friday 14 April

New Christ Church CofE Primary booking

More details to follow, but in the meantime, you can book on to Reading FC Easter holiday camps using the instructions below once you’ve registered and received your HAF code. (The HAF registration form is on this page below this section).

Email community@readingfc.co.uk with the following details:

HAF code:

Participant Name:

Age:

Current School:

Once you’ve emailed the above information, Reading FC will send you a link with a passcode required to sign up to their camps. 

This Easter holidays, between 3 – 6 April, Sport in Mind will be offering a variety of sport and activity sessions across Reading for children and young people aged 9-14 years old to get active to support their mental health.

These sessions will be jampacked with fun activities to help young people understand the benefits of being active while connecting and meeting new people, building confidence and enhancing their self-esteem.

These sessions are specifically for children and young people struggling with mental health challenges, from low mood to more complex mental health challenges.

To book a place please follow the below instructions:

  1. Complete our participant form here
  2. Book your sessions here

For further information, please email youth@sportinmind.org or call 0118 947 9762.

Storyy Group provides secondary based activity sessions during term time and camps through school holidays.  All of their sessions are based around the interests of the young people they work with. This is the first time its camps are running in Reading for Easter!

Storyy Group’s activity camp is for secondary school students and will be held at Prospect School.

There will be a variety of activities based around sports, creative arts, boxing skills, song writing/rap workshops, drama workshops, arts and crafts and team building challenges, aimed to develop new skills and enhance existing knowledge.

Take part in a gameshow, sports and food challenges through the week. Children will be able to choose from a number of different activities throughout the day based around their interests.

Select up to four sessions (four hours per session) per child. Please only book onto these sessions if you are entitled to pupil premium free school meals and enter your HAF code generated by your Easter HAF registration (registration form is on this page).

For more details and to book with Storyy Group, visit: Storyy Group – booking link.

Booking with USport is now open!

Use the links below for more details and to book for each venue.

Multi-Sports Camps

USport camps will include a wide range of sports, games and activities to provide your child with as many opportunities as possible to get inspired by sport and to encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Whitley Sports Camp @ Geoffrey Field Junior School

https://www.u-sports.co.uk/berkshire/whitley-sports-camp

 Caversham Sports Camp @ Thameside Primary School

https://www.u-sports.co.uk/berkshire/caversham-sports-camp

Football Camps

Our Football Plus camps will be focused primarily on football skills and activities. You can expect football matches, games and skills throughout the day alongside lots of other fun sports and activities to make sure that the day is jam packed full of fun from start to finish.

Caversham Football Camp @ Thameside Primary School

https://www.u-sports.co.uk/berkshire/caversham-football-camp

More information to follow, but in the meantime, you can click the below link to access Virtu Academy’s Easter HAF football camp booking form.

Virtu Academy booking

Marcus Rashford - campaigner for Holiday Activities and Food programme

Watch a video of footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford spread the word about the benefits of holiday activities and clubs for children.

 

Libraries in Reading

Reading’s seven libraries are near you, free to join and provide free access to thousands of books. Children just need to visit with an adult with ID (address and signature) to join.

There are libraries in Whitley, Southcote, Caversham, Tilehurst, Palmer Park, Oxford Road and Central Reading. Visit www.reading.gov.uk/libraries, follow them on Facebook @readinglibraries or email info@readinglibraries.org.uk.

What families have said about the providers and activities on our HAF programme

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The club’s activities, energy and staff were absolutely amazing and definitely saved us mentally and financially this summer. With all my heart I can’t thank this group enough for giving my boys a fun and sporting time. It means so much when you have fallen on hard times and feel guilty as a parent. Well done all!”

“I would like to say thank you all for the joy, kindness and holiday that you have given to our children. Some of them couldn’t go on holiday but you gave them a fun one. It was a joy and happiness for them looking forward every morning for 11am to join the different activity during the day. They were all commenting about the fun and the positive action given by your people. We are so grateful that something like that was done. We hope in some way that you came to impact on the Southcote community. It would be fun to come again next year maybe for Summer holiday. We look forward to see you back. WELL DONE.

Thank you all Brighter Futures for Children.”

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“This was fantastic, we had to isolate and missed some. I as a parent found this a great help and would love things like this to continue!”

“The club was fantastic and my children enjoyed getting active, meeting friends and playing the games.”

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