Holiday Activity and Food Programme Pompey
Funded by the Department of Education to support benefits free school meal families, the HAF programme has been rolled out across the country to support lower income families during the school holidays.
Please note, families must have been granted benefits related free school meal status to access a free, funded space.
There are a small percentage of spaces for non-free school meal families which are granted on a case-by-case basis through a professional service referral and is targeted to support the most vulnerable families. SEND needs will be considered as part of the referral evaluation but do not guarantee a funded space.
HAF Fun Pompey gives children time together over the school holidays to explore what the city has to offer, learn new skills, and enjoy a nutritional meal.
The programme provides some fantastic opportunities to book onto a diverse range of activities and our providers are working hard to make their offer as inclusive as possible.
Activities include sports, theatre, storytelling, cooking, laser tag, arts & crafts, day trips and much more as well as good, tasty food.
In Portsmouth we have been working closely with our activity providers to make sure they are as inclusive and accessible as possible. We also have SEND specific activities on offer. We have also worked with local independent charity, Enable Ability, to offer activities specifically for children and young people with SEND. We have also worked with Council for Disabled Children to collate a Holiday Activities and Food Programme Toolkit to inspire providers across all local authorities to accommodate SEND families as best as possible.
We are working hard to ensure more mainstream provision can appropriately support SEND during the HAF Fun Pompey programme. Enable Ability have hosted a training workshop for ‘Confidence in SEND’ and many participants with additional needs have had fantastic experiences in our mainstream provision.
“…this week my little one with lots of additional needs has….loved it. I was a bit nervous leaving her with others that don’t know her but they’ve dealt with her amazingly. Thank you.”
“He is autistic and doesn’t engage at all well at school. He was so nervous about attending however the staff knew his situation and were amazing…so he knew what to expect. On the day they were on hand straight away and really de-sensitized him, he couldn’t stop talking each day and showing us what he had been doing. Best of all he made his first friend. This scheme is amazing!”
When you add a child onto the booking system you complete a profile, there is a ‘LEARNING INFORMATION’ section, here you can list:
- Allergies and health notes
- Learning notes and personality
- Portfolio personal statement (optional)
We recommend giving as much information as possible so providers can cater for your child’s needs as best as possible and/or assess if they are well enough equipped to meet their needs. This will give your child the best learning experience possible.