Leicestershire Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Summer 2019
Leicestershire County Council has developed a strategic partnership with the national children's charity, Barnardo's.
As a result of this partnership, Leicestershire County Council and Barnardo's (along with Leicestershire & Rutland Sport and Voluntary Action Leicestershire) have secured £798,000 from the Department for Education, for the purposes of supporting a Holiday Activities and Food programme for Leicestershire, to take place over the summer of 2019.
The programme is specifically targeted to offer provision to children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), for four hours a day, four days a week, for four weeks (4:4:4)
Grant funding has been awarded to over 20 organisations to deliver Holiday Activities which include Food provision, within Leicestershire, during the summer of 2019.
More details about the programme can be seen on Leicestershire & Rutland Sport's website.
Aims and Objectives of the Programme
One of the objectives of the programme is to enable provision to be inclusive and accessible to all Free-School Meal (FSM) eligible children in Leicestershire. We know that provision for children in rural areas can be a particular issue and also that providers can struggle to cater for children with additional needs, such as those with SEND. Therefore, we have designated a number of places for children with Additional Needs at an enhanced rate, to take into account staffing ratios and other factors. These needs would usually be substantial and may include:
- Looked After Children status
- Significant rural isolation
The grant programme is therefore designed to develop a more efficient and joined-up approach to free holiday provision for disadvantaged children; and to ensure there is enough good quality free holiday provision to meet the demand from children eligible for free school meals in the local authority area during the 2019 summer holidays.
As a result of this, the aim is for children (and where appropriate, their parents) who attend this provision:
- to eat more healthily over the summer holidays;
- to be more active over the summer holidays;
- to take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing and other skills;
- to be safe and not to be socially isolated;
- to have greater knowledge of health and nutrition; and
- to be more engaged with school and other local services and to have greater knowledge and awareness of local free holiday provision.
For more information about the Healthy Activities and Food Programme, you can contact the individuals below:
Tel: (0113) 393 3234 or 07840 181667
Sports Development Manager
Leicestershire & Rutland Sport
Tel: 01509 564870
Children and Families Partnership Manager
Leicestershire County Council
Tel: (0116) 3058055 or 07904 547924
Communities, Policy & Resilience
Leicestershire County Council
Voluntary Action LeicesterShire
Helpline: 0116 2575050
Direct Line: 0116 2575032
Jo M Fisher
Childcare Sufficiency and Development Team Manager
Early Years Inclusion and Childcare Service
Tel (0116) 3056566
For advice on provision of meals to School Food Standards:
Leicestershire Traded Services
Tel: (0116) 3057313 or 07983 433137
Website: LTS Catering Services | Leicestershire Traded Services