Fit and Fed

 

Plymouth City Council has received funding from the Department for Education to coordinate a city-wide holiday activity and food programme during the 2022 Easter, summer and Christmas holidays to primarily support families with children who receive benefit related free school meals. The Fit and Fed programme in Plymouth is being managed by the Sports Development Unit who have been coordinating holiday programmes in the city for over 6 years.

This year we are taking Fit and Fed ‘On Tour’ and delivering 6 free community events at a number of different parks and green open spaces across the city. These events will take place every Tuesday during the summer holidays between 10am and 2pm. More details about the park events are on our Fit and Fed on tour page.

Fit and Fed holiday clubs

Our next Fit and Fed holiday club programmes will be taking place over the school summer holiday. We have listed them by postcode so you can see what’s near to you and split them into 3 categories:

Frequently asked questions

Who is the programme for?

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme funding from the Department for Education is only to support children that are currently receiving benefit related free school meals. We are also able to offer free places to Looked After Children, Children with Education, Health Care Plans, Foster Children, Young Carers, children of recognised refugees and children from asylum seeking families.

This holiday provision is for school aged children from Reception to Year 11 (inclusive).

Can my child attend a Fit and Fed holiday club if they are not on free school meals?

If your child does not currently fall into any of the groups above, they are not eligible for the Fit and Fed programme. However, there are many holiday clubs running across the city that are open to everyone.

My child is on universal free school meals are they eligible?

Unfortunately not. The Holiday Activities and Food funding from Department of Education only supports school-aged children receiving benefit related free school meals.

What do I do if I think I qualify for benefit related free school meals?

You can find out more information, check your eligibility and submit an application on our free school meals page.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to funding from the Department for Education, our holiday clubs are able to provide activities free of charge for children who receive benefit related free school meals, Looked After Children, Children with Education, Health Care Plans, foster children, young carers, children of recognised refugees and children from asylum seeking families.

How do I book?

Each holiday club is managing its own bookings. You will need to contact them directly. Each individual can book 16 days of free activities over the summer.

Can I book my child onto a different clubs?

Yes. You can book into different clubs or you can choose to stay at the same club. Some clubs may have booking restrictions so please check with clubs on their policies.

What activities will my child be doing?

Each holiday club will have a different theme (e.g. sport, art, outdoors, dance) and will offer a different mix of activities.

Daily activities will include some exercise, food education, fun and enriching activities as well as a healthy meal.

Does my child need to bring anything and what should they wear?

Your child does not need to bring anything with them although a water bottle/drink is advisable. They should wear comfortable clothing and footwear that allows them to run around and play games in. They may also need to wear appropriate clothing if activities are outside e.g. coat, jumper, hat.

Do the clubs operate safely?

All of the holiday club providers have declared they have suitable arrangements and appropriate policies and procedures in place in relation to Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Insurance and Accessibility.

Where appropriate, clubs are also compliant with Ofsted requirements. 

Who can I speak to about the Fit and Fed holiday clubs?

The Fit and Fed programme is being managed by the Council’s Sports Development Unit. If you need to speak to someone about the Fit and Fed programme, or have any queries you can send them an email at sportsdev@plymouth.gov.uk.

My child has additional needs. Can they attend the holiday clubs?

If your child has additional needs and requires extra support to access the holiday clubs please contact the individual club in the first instance to discuss their attendance.  

Can my child attend a Fit and Fed holiday club if we live outside of Plymouth?

The Department for Education has awarded every local authority area in the country a Holiday Activity and Food Fund grant to provide FREE access to holiday clubs within their area for children on benefit-related free school meals. Therefore if you do not live within the Plymouth City Council boundary or attend a Plymouth school you should contact the local coordinator for Devon or Cornwall County Council and access their programmes.

I run a holiday club/ summer programme and would like to be involved in Plymouths Fit and Fed programme, how?  

For anyone interested in being part of Plymouth’s Fit and Fed programme please contact Barry Mountstevens, Community Sports Manager at barry.mountstevens@plymouth.gov.uk.

Where can I find out more information about the funding from the Department for Education?

More information on the national Holiday Activities and Food Programme from the Department for Education can be found on the GOV.UK website.


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