What the funding is used for?
The purpose of this funding is to provide free holiday provision, which includes healthy food and enriching activities, to school-aged children eligible for benefits related Free School Meals (FSM) for an equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year.
It is not expected that all eligible children will participate, as the activities are voluntary, and we would encourage providers to make the holiday clubs available to any children not eligible for FSM, who can pay to attend. The provision should aim to support children, young people and families to:
- eat more healthily
- be more active
- take part in engaging and enriching activities
- be safe and not isolated
- have greater knowledge of health and nutrition
- be more engaged with school and other services
Funding can only be used for eligible FSM children, and activities and meals should be free for those eligible.