Hop to it…bookings are now open for the Easter Holiday Activities and Food Programme!

14 March 2024
Graphic to promote the Easter HAF Programme

With the Easter break just a few weeks away, parents and carers are being urged to book their child’s space at one of dozens of Easter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) clubs across Wirral. 

More than 75 local holiday clubs will be opening their doors over the school break to provide a range of interesting activities to keep the young people active, engaged and learning new things - ranging from yoga and wellbeing sessions to bushcraft skills, music lessons and sports camps.

Easter HAF clubs run from 1 April to 12 April 2024 and places are available for young people aged between 5-16 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. 

The programme is coordinated for Wirral Council by the Community Interest Company, Edsential. Funding for the scheme has been provided by the Department for Education.

As well as a wide range of daily activities, all the clubs will be providing delicious, nutritious meals and snacks to keep children and young people fuelled throughout the day. 

Heather Lewis, HAF Manager at Edsential said:

In 2023, over 10,000 children and young people with their families were supported by the HAF programme in Wirral, which was a huge success and we are really looking forward to supporting even more families in 2024. Thank you to all our providers who have such fantastic opportunities available for children and young people this Easter. We really hope as many families as possible can continue to benefit from this vital programme. 

The Chair of Wirral Council’s Committee for Children, Young People and Education, Councillor Sue Powell-Wilde, said:

Thousands of young people enjoy the holiday schemes so much that they return time and time again, which is the best possible endorsement. So, if you know a young person who might be eligible, but hasn’t tried one of the clubs yet, please show them what’s available and encourage them to give it a go. 

Parents and carers are encouraged to check if their child is eligible for free school meals as it could enable them to take part in future holiday programmes and unlock a range of other support. More information about free school meals is posted on the Wirral Council website

To book your child’s space or check eligibility please visit the Edsential website.