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.

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Registration is now closed.

Registration for the Christmas HAF programme will open at the end of October. Please keep an eye on this page for more details.

Please share your feedback

We hope everyone had a great time over the summer. We’d like to hear about your children’s experiences at the HAF activities they attended and if you found it easy to register and book. We’d be super grateful if you could spare five minutes to fill in our short survey.

Thank you!

Summer HAF feedback

Thank you to all the providers who took part in the summer HAF programme in Reading. See below for the activities that were available.

Click on each provider name below to expand their details.

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Annual Daydream Harvest summer camps via the link below.

Annual Daydream Harvest booking

Dates:
Tuesday to Friday throughout August

Venue:

Whitely Community Centre, 252 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA

Details:

A series of creative adventures in Whitley. Expect the unexpected! For more details, click the link above.
You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Corn Exchange Newbury summer camps using the links next to each event. Please enter the promo code JOLLYHOLIDAY to book your HAF place/s.

Alternatively, you can book by calling the box office on 01635 522733. When you book please quote the promo code JOLLYHOLIDAY. You may also be asked for your HAF code.

Venue:

Julia Donaldson Book Summer – suitable for children aged 4-7 BOOK HERE

Dates: Monday 25 – Weds 27 July, 10am-4pm

Embrace the wonderful world of Julia Donaldson as we bring her books to life! There’ll be drama games, arts and crafts, story telling and much more. . . All was quiet in the deep dark woods…

Club Create and Make holiday club – suitable for children aged 5-11 BOOK HERE
Dates:
Mon 8 August – Friday 12 August, 10am-4pm

Join us for some creative fun in the school holidays. Activities include drama, arts and crafts and the chance to make new friends. Come and explore with us!

Monday 8 August – A day under the sea
Tuesday 9 August – A day in the rainforest
Wednesday 10 August – A day in the city
Thursday 11 August – A day at the beach
Friday 12 August – A day at the fair

Theatre School – suitable for children aged 11-18 BOOK HERE

Dates:
Monday 15 August – Friday 19 August

A play in a week! Join us for some theatrical fun, learn drama games, make new friends and perform a play at the end of the week to your friends and family!
You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Summer Carnival Club – Steel Band and Carnival Headdress making

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to CultureMix summer camps. Check the details below. Visit CultureMix Arts for more details and to book. You can also call 0118 958 7351 or 07973 251919.

Suitable for children aged 8 to 16 years

Join the CultureMix Carnival – three days of fun, music and creativity! Experience playing in a steel band with Reading’s award winning orchestra RASPO.

Design and create your very own carnival headdress with the option to join the carnival parade at CultureMix Carnival of the World event on Saturday 13 August in Broad Street, Reading. All materials and equipment will be provided. Just bring your creative ideas, enthusiasm, be ready to make some new friends and have lots of fun.

Camp dates:

Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 August at 11am-2.30pm

Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 August at 11am-2.30pm

Camp venue:

CultureMix Arts & Music Centre, 7 Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7QF

You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Once you have registered and received your unique HAF code, you can book with Funtastc kids via the link below.

Funtastic Kids camps will be held at Whitley Park Primary School Brixham Road, Reading, Berkshire RG2 7RB.

 

Whitley Park Primary Holiday Activities Food Programme Summer 22

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Get Active summer camps using the link below. Get Active camps are suitable for children aged 4 to 16 years.
Camp venue: 
UTC Reading, 81 Crescent Road, Reading RG1 5RQ
Activities:
Activities include football, dodgeball, cricket, gymnastics, dance, athletics, tennis, tag rugby, multi-skills sports which will develop new skills and enhance existing knowledge. There will also be various themed arts and crafts activities such as scrap challenge, great outdoors and step-back-in-time to all things prehistoric. Children will receive a hot lunch or dinner depending on whether they attend a morning or afternoon session.
Dates of camp:
25 July-3 August (weekdays only) at 9am-1pm or 1-5pm.
Parents can use their child’s entitlement of 16 sessions across the summer.
If you need any support with making your Get Active booking, please email info@getactivesports.com or call 01344 860868

Once you have registered and received your summer HAF code, you can book Little Musketeers via the link below.

Little Musketeers booking – type HAF into the search

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

What child hasn’t 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 provide bright coloured foam, plastic foils and plastic masks with mesh visors that are safe and yet hard enough to give children the real feel of fencing.

The fencing will also be combined with other sports and activities to keep the children engaged during the four weeks. This will include football, basketball, dance and much more…

We can’t wait to see you all in July… En Guard!

Once you have registered and received your HAF code, click below for dates and to book.

Makes Sense Theatre HAF bookings

MLD Drama and Movement Workshops – for ages 7-16

These holiday camps offer three hours of creative drama and movement activities that develop social skills and allow young imaginations to go wild! These sessions are suitable for children and young people with autism and/or moderate learning disabilities and are designed so that both children/young people new to drama and movement and those who already enjoy the performing arts can get equally involved. Sessions are run by drama and movement practitioners with oodles of SEND creative arts experience and supported by qualified and experienced staff, many of whom work term time in local SEND schools as teaching assistants.

Complex Needs Theatre and Music Workshops  – for ages 10-16

These carefully crafted three hour sessions are suitable for young people with profound autism or who may have multiple and complex needs, and allow the participants to experience and explore the arts in an engaging, sensory way. Each workshop includes a performance of our latest piece of multi-sensory theatre (this summer we are going under the sea!), a sounds of intent music session with a visiting musician from Berkshire Maestros, and music and movement fun with live music played and sung with our fun, energetic and highly experienced and qualified in SEND education team.

N.B. Our highly experienced staff are able to care for children and young people who have medical and personal care needs.

Once you have registered and received your unique HAF code, you can book on to New Directions College Craftastic Arts and Craft Club for August, using the link below.

Craftastic! New Directions College (newdirectionsreading.ac.uk

Club details – suitable for children and young people aged 11-16

Children and young people will have the opportunity to work with practicing artists and specialist practitioners to explore enriching arts, crafts and cooking activities.  These workshops aim to build confidence in creativity and develop each child’s unique style.  Activities will include Ceramics workshops, Printmaking workshops, Arts and Crafts workshops, Cookery workshops and Sewing & Textiles workshops.

Venue:

New Directions College, 330 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DH.

Once you’ve registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Next thing Education camps via the link below.

 Next Thing booking link

Venue:
Birch Copse Primary School, RG31 5LN

Information about Next Thing summer camps

Our unique camp offers a broad range of tech activities for children of all skill levels. Whether they are new to STEM and coding, or a tech-savvy genius they’ll fit right into one of our upcoming summer camps. Tech Camp introduces advanced concepts of coding through playful projects and puzzles. Exploring engineering, circuity, gamified learning, coding, and more. As one of the few technology camp providers in England, our teachers develop interactive courses for students, teaching key computer science and coding skills, while allowing them to explore their creativity. A hot, healthy lunch will also be on offer each day at camp. Dietary requirements can be catered for. We will also have a variety of sporting activities throughout the weeks at camp alongside the tech fun!

Once you have registered and received your summer HAF code, you can book with NSSport camps following the instructions below.

You will need to create an NSSport account at www.nssport.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 attend camp. At the payment stage check out with credit note and use your HAF code as the code to secure payment.

At NSSport’s Stars Programme, there are six different daily activities and you can be sure that no day is the same. Children will enjoy two sports sessions, an outdoor events session, arts and crafts, indoor sessions and a free choice play session.

Things to look forward to:

  • Art & Design
  • Holiday Themes – Nerf play, fun at the fair and Water Wednesdays
  • Sports, including football, dodgeball, gym, hockey, cricket and many more
  • Healthy eating and daily mile

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

NSSport are running their HAF camps on the following dates:

  • Monday 25 July – Thursday 28 July, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Monday 1 August – Thursday 4 August, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Monday 8 August – Thursday 11 August, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Monday 15 August – Thursday 18 August, 9.30am-3.30pm

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book with Premier Education. Click on the links below to book, and fill in your HAF code when requested. (Please note, you will be prompted to create an account with Premiere Education via the links, if you are not already registered with them.)

Camp details:

Our fun-filled multi-activity camps encompass days filled with sports ranging from archery, athletics and basketball to dodgeball, football and tennis. As well as dance, drama, arts & crafts, escape rooms and wellbeing sessions! Our team of experienced and friendly coaches look forward to welcoming you soon for a day of fun, action and adventure!

Please click on the following links below to book for each venue:

The Ridgeway Primary School, Hill Brow, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 8JD

Monday 25 July – Thursday 28 July

Monday 1 August – Thursday 4 August

Monday 8 August – Thursday 11 August

Monday 15 August – Thursday 18 August

New Christ Church Primary School, Milman Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0AY

Monday 25 July – Thursday 28 July

Monday 1 August – Thursday 4 August

Monday 8 August – Thursday 11 August

Monday 15 August – Thursday 18 August

Micklands Primary School, Micklands Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6LU

Monday 25 July – Thursday 28 July

Monday 1 August – Thursday 4 August

Monday 8 August – Thursday 11 August

Monday 15 August – Thursday 18 August

Meadow Park Academy, Norcot Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 6BS

Monday 25 July – Thursday 28 July

Monday 1 August – Thursday 4 August

Monday 8 August – Thursday 11 August

Monday 15 August – Thursday 18 August

If you have any questions or need any support please email office-7@premier-education.com

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book with RABBLE theatre via the below links.

Book a place on the RABBLE website. Choose your course here. Make your selection and ensure you book via the BOOK (HAF SCHEME) button.

RABBLE Theatre is offering the below sessions:

Matilda the Musical – for 8-13 years. Directed by Emily Evans, Musical Direction Chris Mitchell and Dance Nyroy Dixon. Perfect for those who love musical theatre. Performance at 3:30pm on Friday 5 August.

Our Wonderful World – for 8-13 years. Directed by Tash Marks with movement direction from Nyroy Dixon. A devised piece based around our environment and the current climate emergency. Perfect for those who love acting. Performance at 5.30pm on Friday 5 August.

Henry I – for 14+ years. Directed by RABBLE’s associate movement director Gareth Taylor who did all the movement on the original production in 2016. An edited 45 minute version of RABBLE’s smash hit Henry I of England. Perfect for older students who love acting or who would like to go into the profession. Performance at 7.30pm on Friday 5 August.

You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Once you have registered and received your summer HAF code, to book with Reading FC’s HAF camps, you will need to email community@readingfc.co.uk

In your email please make sure you provide:

  • Your HAF Code
  • Child/ren’s name(s)
  • School attended
  • Dates you wish to book

See the poster below for camp details and dates (click to open PDF view). Reading FC activities are suitable for children ages 12-16.

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to RISC summer camps via the link below.

RISC HAF booking

Dates:
26-29 July, 10am-2pm

Venue
risc, 35-39 London St, RG1 4PS

Activities:
RISC’s holiday club will have a range of activities based on the Global Education ethos of thinking globally and taking action locally. Participants can choose whichever activities they feel inspired to do throughout the day, with themed areas for construction, STEM challenges, rooftop gardening activities, climate action and art and crafts from around the world. Activities include puppet and mask making, mini-beast hunts, making bug hotels, planting seeds, construction and craft activities using recycled materials, painting and printing for a purpose, board-games from around the world. We also have a story tent stocked with books for a quieter place to hide away. Suitable for 7-14 year olds. Younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult or significantly older sibling.

You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Reading Rep summer camp via the link below.

Reading Rep Theatre summer camp booking

Dates:

25 July  – 6 August, 10am-4pm

Suitable for ages 8 – 18.

Create a show in two weeks and perform on Reading Rep’s stage! Participants will have a fun, engaging and creative two weeks working with professional directors and designers to create a spectacular piece of theatre which will be performed for friends and family in Reading Rep’s brand new theatre! It’s an opportunity to work with like minded young people, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Reading Rock activities via the link below.

The Rock Academy Foundation

Venue:

Whitley Community Centre 252 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA

Dates:

Monday 8 August – Thursday 15 August, 10am-2.30pm
Monday 11 August – Thursday 18 August, 10am-2.30pm

Activities – suitable for ages 10-16:

MUSIC CREATION – Compose and produce music for a compilation album
Working with a music leader, you will spend the week learning how to compose and record original music using music software to create a compilation album. You will learn how to use a music software package, explore loops, samples and synths, record vocals and live instruments and mix your own original tracks. In addition to this music-focused activity, you will also design a cover for the album and take part in a critical listening session to decide which tracks to include on the compilation and the order they should appear. At the end of the week, you will take away a digital copy of the album and art work to share with your family and friends. All equipment will be provided for these sessions and you don’t need any prior musical experience to be involved, just bring your enthusiasm and creativity and learn how to create your own original music.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE – Devise a music-focused vocal show
Working with a music leader, you will spend the week putting together a music-focused vocal show. The music leader will work with you to choose the songs for a video-recorded performance at the end of the week. In addition to this music-focused activity, there will also be the opportunity to incorporate some dance/movement and acting content to the show, subject to the desire of the group. At the end of the week, you will take away a digital video of the performance to share with your family and friends. All equipment will be provided for these sessions and you don’t need any prior musical experience to be involved, just bring your enthusiasm and creativity and learn how to put together a show.

You can also find more details of summer camps offered via the Cultural Education Partnership.

Sport in Mind Summer of Sport Youth Activities

Once you have registered and received your unique summer HAF code, you can book on to Sport in Mind camps – see details below.

Every participant for these camps must complete an online form HERE and book Sport in Mind activities HERE.

Sport in Mind camps are running from 1 August – 18 August, suitable for children aged 9-14.

9 -14 year olds get active this summer to support young mental well-being! Sport in Mind are delivering fun sport and well-being activities that include, tennis, yoga, multi-sport, dance and more! Each session will also include a Sport in Mind Youth Journal and fun learning games.

These sessions are aimed at children and young people that have low mood and/or other mental health challenges. We will provide a safe, nurturing space to help build confidence, meet new people and be in a supportive group. Our activity capacity is 12 per group, with leading professional sport coaches with mental health support experience and who are DBS checked.

A free healthy lunch is also included.

Once you have registered and received your HAF code, you can click the link below to book on to St Joseph’s HAF camp.

HAF Booking Form – Summer Holidays (wufoo.com)

St Joseph’s Holiday Club for ages five to 11 offers a wide range of exciting activities, focusing on engaging children in a fun and safe environment. Activities are planned to enhance new skills, encourage inclusion, teamwork and strategic thinking. Their holiday club includes the sports hall, indoor heated swimming pool, an arts and craft area, the food technology room, large and small 3G AstroTurf pitches, playing fields and the dining hall.

The camp offers a range of team challenges aimed at promoting social and collaboration skills throughout all ages. House favourite games include Ninja Warrior, Capture the Flag and Treasure Hunts, as well as Team Challenges.

Small groups are taken to the food technology classroom where they will make savoury creations and delicious desserts, and have fun decorating them! St Joseph’s offer a large range of arts and crafts activities, all tailored to their themes of the week.

St Joseph’s use their indoor heated swimming pool every day at Holiday Club supervised by qualified lifeguards, running safe and exciting games in the pool which accommodate non-swimmers and those of all abilities.

Once you have registered and received your summer HAF code, click on the venue name you prefer, to book on to a uSport summer camp.

Thameside

Geoffrey Fields

Our multi-sports camp will include a wide range of sports, games and activities. The aim of our camp is to provide your child with as many opportunities as possible to get inspired by sport and to encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle. We will also be promoting healthy eating throughout our camp and you can be sure to find lots of fun educational games included throughout the day.

Details to follow.

Reading Libraries

We’re currently developing up-coming HAF events with Reading Libraries, so keep an eye out for more details.

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.

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.

 

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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