Planet Active Holiday Camps - Holiday Activity and Food Programme

Genuinely Happy Holidays funded by the Department of Education.

To provide some relief for busy parents and fun for active children during those long school holidays, we've designed, organise and run our popular OFSTED Registered Planet Active Holiday Camps.

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School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • more likely to experience social isolation

Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch
  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation

 Who the programme is for

This holiday provision is for children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Local authorities are asked to ensure that the offer of free holiday club provision is available for all children eligible for and in receipt of free school meals in their area. This does not mean they are all required to attend as the provision is voluntary.

The free holiday club places must be targeted at children who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals.

What is included in the programme?

Food

We will provide at least one meal a day (breakfast, lunch or tea) and all food provided at the holiday club (including snacks) must meet school food standards.

Our expectation is that the majority of food served by providers will be hot. However, we acknowledge that there will be occasions when this is not possible and a cold alternative may be used.

All food provided as part of the programme will:

  • comply with regulations on food preparation:
  • take into account allergies and dietary requirements (see the allergy guidance for schools)
  • take into account any religious or cultural requirements for food

Enriching activities

Our Holiday programme will provide fun and enriching activities that provide children with opportunities to:

  • develop new skills or knowledge
  • consolidate existing skills and knowledge
  • try out new experiences

This could include:

  • physical activities, for example, football, table tennis or cricket
  • creative activities, for example, putting on a play, junk modelling or drumming workshops
  • experiences, for example, a nature walk or visiting a city farm

Physical activities

Our holiday clubs will provide activities that meet the physical activity guidelines on a daily basis.

Nutritional education

We will include an element of nutritional education each day aimed at improving the knowledge and awareness of healthy eating for children. These do not need to be formal learning activities and could for example include activities such as:

  • getting children involved in food preparation and cooking
  • growing fruit and vegetables
  • taste tests

Food education for families and carers

Each we will will be providing weekly training and advice sessions for parents, carers or other family members. These should provide advice on how to source, prepare and cook nutritious and low-cost food.

Signposting and referrals

Our Holiday clubs will be able to provide information, signposting or referrals to other services and support that would benefit the children who attend our provision and their families. This could include sessions provided by:

  • Citizen’s Advice
  • school nurses, dentists or other healthcare practitioners
  • family support services or children’s services
  • housing support officers
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • organisations providing financial education. 

Our active childcare holiday camps are all specifically designed with the working parent in mind and are Ofsted registered and regulated. This enables parents to use their government issued childcare vouchers to help with the cost of their childcare. We are registered with over 20 different childcare voucher companies, which can be used as full or part payment for your childcare provision.

Our active childcare holiday camps are not just about participating in safe, fun and healthy activities, they go much further and ensure each child's personal welfare is looked after by:

  • Building confidence & self-esteem.
  • Imparting key values of respect, integrity & teamwork.
  • Emphasising Fair Play.
  • Building character.
  • Nurturing wider learning through carefully designed activities.

Within our inclusive active childcare holiday camps, we start by dividing the children into small groups before they choose a country for their group's name. They then earn points for their country in a wide range of ways, such as good teamwork, leadership, determination, ability and behaviour, for example. 

Throughout the active childcare holiday camp, children are given a word of the day each day to learn and understand, as well as being asked to research the nation whose name their group carries. Topics can range from learning a fact about their chosen country or its language to creating that nation's flag. We find that this static activity enables creativity and keeps the children engaged.

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Funded by Department for Education and co-ordinatored by local authorities

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