FREE ACTIVITY PLACES GOING FAST AS PARENTS URGED TO BOOK QUICKLY

Places at Isle of Wight Council led activities for children are going fast, with parents and carers urged to book now to avoid missing out.

A wide range of activities is on offer for all ages during the Easter holidays, with free places available for children who receive benefits-related free school meals and on a paid-for basis as well.

Activities such as sports coaching, crafts, theatre and horse riding sessions are all available, with provision for a nutritious meal also being offered.

The Holiday Activity and Food programme is funded by the Department for Education with local authorities using the funding to organise schemes that offer healthy food and enriching activities to children eligible for free school meals during the 2021 school holidays.

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The aim of the HAF programme is to make free places available to eligible children for the equivalent of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week and for 6 weeks a year- covering 4 weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in the 2021 Easter and Christmas holidays.

Suzanne Smith, assistant director of children’s services, said:

“It is great news that so many Island children are being signed up for these activities and food schemes over Easter.

“These schemes make a huge difference to children from families who are struggling financially. School holidays can be tough because of increased costs, such as food and childcare, and reduced incomes — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This means some children are less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and can miss out on the social and health benefits. By taking part in a free holiday club where a nutritious meal is provided, disadvantaged children get to enjoy the same enriching experiences as many of their friends and peers.”

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The following organisations are offering activities and parents and carers wishing to find out more should contact the provider directly:

Aspire Ryde
Kids play session and healthy meal in the Kingdom play activity centre. Forty spaces available per day over the holidays.
Email[email protected]reryde.org.uk or call (01983) 716020.

CM Sports
CM Sports is offering sports coaching and arts and crafts activities for eligible children aged five to 11 in Newport (Barton Primary and Nine Acres Primary).
Bookings: 02392 987881 or visit: http://www.cm-sports.co.uk​

Theatre Educational
Theatre Educational has a range of professional, experienced community arts tutors who will provide arts and theatre themed activity for seven to 16 year olds. Visit  www.theatreeducational.co.uk/haf-easter-activities.html for full details or call: 07984 170014.

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Scalllywags (Broadlea Primary School)
Fully booked, waiting list available.
Email[email protected], or call 07977 709088 for more information.

Island Riding Centre
Riding sessions for ages six to 14.
Bookings[email protected]

Ventnor Early Years Centre
The centre will be providing Forest School activities such as campfire and den building, teams games, cooking and creative arts for children aged five to ten years old.
Email[email protected], or call (01983) 856868.

YMCA
YMCA are offering places at its day camps throughout the Easter holidays for children aged up to 12 years old.
Email[email protected] or call (01983) 862441 (option 4).

West Wight Nursery – Fully booked.

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