Holiday activities and food (HAF) programme
We (Dorset Council) have secured funding from the Department for Education's (DfE) holiday activities and food programmeto provide a HAF programme during these holidays for children who are eligible for free school meals:
- Easter in Dorset
- Summer in Dorset
- Christmas in Dorset
What we did for Easter in Dorset
We worked closely with our partners to deliver an exciting programme of activities for eligible families during the Easter 2021 holidays. Our partners included:
- voluntary organisations
- existing activity providers
Our programme offer included:
- a variety of engaging face-to-face sessions
- online activities to enjoy from home
- 1,500 Easter holiday bundles containing healthy food and activity sheets
- food and nutrition information
- ideas for home activities
Summer in Dorset 2021
We're now working on developing a summer programme. This will involve 4 weeks of free, fun activities and healthy food.
For Summer in Dorset we want to:
- increase the number of free spaces for school holiday activities for school age children and young people who get benefits-related free school meals
- increase the activities in areas where there's demand
- work with organisations to make sure they offer a wide range of activities
Sign up for Summer in Dorset
Sign up to register your child for Summer in Dorset and be the first to hear about our summer programme and plans for the rest of the year. If you registered your child for Easter in Dorset you do not need to sign up again.
Once you've signed up you'll get a Summer in Dorset pass code. You'll get your code by a text to your mobile or by email. Keep your code somewhere safe a you'll need it to book free places on holiday activities throughout the year.
Many of the activities that accept the pass code will also be open to fee-paying customers too.
We'll announce more information about the summer and Christmas programmes soon.
Express your interest in funding as a provider
If you're an activity provider and you'd like to take part in our HAF programme, find out more about how to apply for a grant.