Easter Promise school holiday activities and food

Published: 6 April 2022

Child playing with plasticine

Child playing with play dough

The Easter Promise provides free activities and free school meals for Derby city eligible families, funded by the Department for Education. Derby City Council is working in partnership with Community Action Derby to provide an active programme for the children to enjoy. Parents and carers throughout Derby may be eligible to benefit from free holiday clubs places for children and young people over the Easter school holidays, through the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF).

The holiday clubs can involve helping young people get involved with new and enriching activities from sport to music, dance, drama, art, cooking and gardening, as well as improving socialisation, helping young people to have fun with friends during their Easter holidays.

The Government’s continuing investment in the HAF programme follows strong provision from HAF providers across the country in 2021 and builds on the foundations laid by sporting organisations, charities and the voluntary sector during the successful programme in 2020. 

HAF is backed by around £200m per year for the next three years, providing enriching activities to children and young people, particularly those who receive free school meals.

Children and Families Minister Will Quince said:  Our expanded Holiday Activities and Food programme provided brilliant opportunities for hundreds of thousands of children and young people all over England last year. It will continue this year during the Easter, Summer, and Christmas holidays.

This Easter, it will be great to see even more children and young people from across the country, especially those eligible for free school meals, making the most of the scheme and getting involved with the range of enriching activities on offer to them, from sports to arts and crafts, music and cooking.

Additional support for families has been announced in the Spring Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirming that the Household Support Fund would be made available again from April 2022, building on the 2021/22 scheme. Derby City Council is awaiting confirmation of funding allocation, which will support those in most need with food, energy and water bills. It can also be used to support households with essential costs related to those items and wider essential costs. 

Children's holiday activities can be booked by visiting the Easter Promise Activity page for a list of providers and their contacts. 

For the Easter provision, codes will not be required. Eligibility may be checked with the school.

Find out more by visiting the Derby Holiday Activity and Food web page

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