The London Borough of Bexley is delivering the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme which is being funded by the Department for Education.

The programme provides holiday activities and healthy food for children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals and will run during the summer and Christmas school holidays in 2021.

Summer holiday programme

Available from Monday 26 July until Friday 27 August, eligible children and young people can attend up to 16 days at different holiday schemes across Bexley at no cost.

The programme will include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day.

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Charlton Athletic Community Trust

For ages 8 to 12 years

Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 2pm

Peareswood Primary School, Peareswood Road, Erith, DA8 3PR

  • week 1 - 27 to 30 July
  • week 2 - 3 to 6 August

Willowbank Primary School, Seacourt Road, Thamesmead, SE2 9XB

  • week 3 - 10 to 13 August
  • week 4 - 17 to 20 August

A mixed programme of multi-sports for all abilities and exciting youth activities. Qualified Coaches will deliver a wide range of inclusive sports (including football, tennis, rounder’s, basketball and hockey) designed to get young people moving and enjoying team sports. We are also delivering fun youth activities, including team challenges, design work and arts and crafts. Breakfast and a hot lunch will be provided.

Book at CACT Bexley Summer Camp

For any queries e-mail holidaycamps@cact.org.uk or telephone 07590 426755.

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Cherry Tree Kids Club

Cherry Tree Nursery & Kids Club, Barrington Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4UN

For ages 5 to 11 years

4 days per week (subject to itinerary)

Monday 26 July to Friday 20 August, 10am to 2pm

Variety of activities such as T-shirt painting, salt dough modelling, origami and making bread. Sports include football, hockey, rounders etc. See separate schedule for more details.

How to book

Telephone 020 8303 7344

Bookings for the summer holiday will close on Friday 16 July at 12 noon

Cherry Tree Kids Club summer holiday schedule

Schedule for week commencing 26 July 2021
Day of the week Activity Further information
Monday Come and make a Birdfeeder
Football - on the field 
Giant Chalk Art - Outside
Make and hang this treat out at home for the birds
Team up for the first kickabout of the summer
Capture shadows or use your imagination on a big scale
Tuesday Make a Pet Cactus 
Archery – on the field 
Get busy making a paper fidget flipper
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Calling all Robin Hoods & Maid Marion’s
Use Origami art to create this fidget toy
Wednesday Decorate a pencil case to take home
Giant Bowling – on the field
Play-Doh Fiesta
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Can you score a strike against friends?
Create with this coloured and scented doh
Thursday Let’s bake Banana Cookies
Hockey – on the field
Hands and Feet Challenge
Make and Bake to take home and enjoy.
Sticks ready for a match
Balancing and coordination required!
Schedule for week commencing 2 August 2021
Day of the week Activity Further information
Monday We’re making a Wiggle Bot
Bucket Blast- Tag Rugby in a bucket
Giant Twister – on the playground
Science & imagination bring your bot to life 
Throw the bean bags to catch your friends out
Balancing on hands and feet
Tuesday It’s our Make Over day!
Volleyball – on the field
Copy Me Art
Tattoos – Coloured hair spray – Face Painting – Nails
Serve up to the opposition
Can you guess and copy what your friends are drawing
Thursday Make a mini table football game
Badminton – on the field
Let’s make Fruit Kebabs
Your very own dream team in a box
Team up for a match 
Skewer and eat for an afternoon treat
Friday Water Olympics
Cricket – on the field
Create a Paper Bracelet
Water themed fun team games
Batters, bowlers and fielders wanted
Bend and twist to fit on your wrist
Schedule for week commencing 9 August 2021
Day of the week Activity Further information
Monday Create your own Marionette Puppet
Rounders – on the field
Giant Noughts and Crosses - in the hall
Use your imagination and bring your puppet to life
Help your team, make a run        
Teams of 3 for this fun giant game
Tuesday We’re off to the Beach (in the playground)
Crazy Golf – on the field
Ice Cream Factory
Sand pits, water trays and summer-inspired crafts and cooking.
Seaside themed golfing fun
Pop into our paper Ice Cream Parlour
Wednesday The great Water Fight!
Football – on the field
Origami crafts
Bring your super soaker to go up against friends and staff in our yearly water fight. Children must bring a towel, full change of clothes and water shoes to participate. 
Get creative with this Japanese art
Friday Let’s make invisible pets
Garden Darts
Follow our fun fit activity path
Your very own pet to take home that only you can see!
Come and throw 180 
Complete all the actions from start to finish
Schedule for week commencing 16 August 2021
Day of the week Activity Further information
Monday Let’s Make Ice Lollies
Archery – on the field
Colouring competition
Make, freeze and eat on the way home
Come and hit the target
Your own drawings or our printed colouring to enter
Tuesday Cherry Tree Summer Fete
Dodgeball – on the field
Let’s do Yoga
All the fun of the fair – no cost just for fun
We’re taking one of your favourite games outside
Bend, stretch and chill in the hall
Thursday Water Bottle Garden Art
Rounders – on the field
Make an Apple Twist
Make a spinning garden decoration
Join a team for a math
Roll up, bake and take home
Friday We’re making giant bubbles
Football
Bingo – Eyes down for a game
Bubble blowing on a giant scale
Final kick about for the Cherry Tree Summer
Just for fun
Danson Park Adventures

Danson Park Adventures

Danson Park, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8HL

For ages 8 to 14 years

Monday to Thursday, 2 to 26 August, 10.30am to 2.30pm

Qualified instructors will deliver a variety of fun Watersports activities that will develop skills in sailing, kayaking, bell boating, stand-up paddleboarding. 

How to book

Contact the Watersports team by email watersports@bexley.gov.uk

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Danson Youth Trust

The Danson Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4EZ

For ages 6 to 12 years

Tuesday to Friday, 27 July to 20 August, 11am to 3pm

Range of activities including physical sports/education sessions, food making activities, arts and crafts and specialist weekly activities like trampolining, judo, gymnastics, football, rollerskating and dance.

Book on the Parents Portal

Danson Youth Trust website

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Jacqueline's Gems

The Lodge, Northumberland Heath Primary School, Wheelock Close, Erith, DA8 1JE

For ages 5 to 11 years

Monday to Friday, 26 July to 3 September, 10am to 3pm (closed on Monday 30 August Bank Holiday)

A range of activities including Learning French, Baking Day, Ball Mania, Heathy Eating and Science Day.

How to book

Email admin@jacqgemschildcare.com or telephone 01322 351594

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Kiddz Haven

Harris Academy Falconwood, The Green, Welling, DA16 2PE

For ages 5 to 11 years

Monday to Thursday, 2 to 26 August, 9am to 3pm

A wide range of different activities including multi-sports (basketball, football, rounders, dodgeball, benchball), slime making, dance, building a bridge, fruit kebab making, t-shirt design and make a mug cake. 

Book at Kiddz Haven

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Kinetic Kids Academy

East Wickham Primary Academy, Wickham Street, Welling, DA16 3BP

For ages 5 to 13 years

Monday to Thursday, 26 July to 19 August, 10am to 2pm

Our Kinetic Camps allow your child to play energetic games whilst creating new friendships and allowing young people to compete in a sport setting. The camps consist of fun multi-skill games leading up until lunch. After refuelling, we get onto the sport side of the camp. The children love the opportunity to feel part of a team. The children compete against each other which teaches them about winning and losing, whilst also playing sports that they either have or have not played before.

Book at Kinetic Kids Academy 

Kinetic Kids Academy website

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Manna-Seh Holiday Club

The Federation of Barnehurst Schools, Barnehurst Close, Northumberland Heath, DA8 3NL

For ages 5 to 11 years

Monday to Friday, 27 July to 20 August, 8am to 5pm

A wide range of activities with a different theme each week, including Master Chef cooking, Tropical 5-a-day fruit kebab, messy play, gooey cornflour, shaving foam and play dough, 1-day professional football coaching and team games - football, basketball, cricket and rounders.

How to book

Telephone 020 8311 2775

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Nemesis Academy

Unit 35a, Riverside Shopping Centre, Erith, DA8 1RB

For ages 5 to 14 years

Monday to Thursday, 26 July to 19 August, 10am to 2pm

Martial arts teach children that hard work and focus can help them accomplish what they set out to do. Kids learn how to work with their own strengths and weaknesses and believe in their own abilities. They grow with self-assurance, a quality that makes them more confident in other aspects of life. These sessions will concentrate on general fitness based around martial arts, nutrition and general health.

How to book

Telephone 07432 107806

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SmileyArk

Northumberland Heath Church, Belmont Road, Erith, DA8 1LB
St John's Church and Community Hall, 194 West Street, Erith, DA8 1AN

For ages 5 to 12 years

Monday to Thursday, 26 July to 19 August

AM session – 9am to 1pm
PM session – 1.30pm to 5.30pm

A wide range of activities including designing a bag/cap, wood craft, visit to adventure playground, library and splash park, making fruit salad and fruity cupcakes, science experiments, suncatchers, “My Holiday Journal”, foam art/clay moulding, multi-sport games, dance and music, photography/filming projects, bowling and bouncy castle.

How to book

E-mail enquiries@smileyark.com or telephone 07947 910282

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Targeted Youth Service

For ages 11 to 13 years

Monday to Thursday, 11am to 3pm

  • 26 to 29 July - Thamesmead Youth Hub, The Link Thamesmead, Bazalgette Way, London, SE2 9BS
  • 2 to 5 August - Welling Youth Hub, Lovel Avenue, Welling, DA16 3JQ
  • 2 to 5 August - Slade Green Youth Hub, Howbury Community Centre, Chrome Road, Erith, DA8 2EL
  • 16 to 19 August - Sidcup Youth Hub, 53 Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, DA15 9BZ

A range of activities including healthy relationships workshop, arts/craft, cooking, first-aid training, self-defence, dancing, singing, DJ, football and moto mechanics.

How to book

Email youthadmin@bexley.gov.uk or call 020 3045 3286.

Summer Youth Music Project

Welling Youth Hub, Lovel Avenue, Welling, DA16 3JQ

For ages 12 to 16 years

Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 August, 4pm to 8pm

A Summer Youth Music Project with a full programme of music activities.

How to book

E-mail jane.goodrich@bexley.gov.uk.

Thamesmead Christian Fellowship

Thamesmead Christian Fellowship and Christian Life Fellowship

Church of the Cross, Lensbury Way, Thamesmead, SE2 9UE

For ages 5 to 11 years

Monday to Thursday, 26 July to 19 August, 1pm to 5pm

A range of activities with a ‘Wellbeing and Being Well’ focus, including art activities, craft, cooking and fitness sessions.

How to book

To book a place visit the Eventbrite website.

Additional information

If you have any queries regarding the HAF programme in Bexley, please e-mail RPA@bexley.gov.uk

In addition to this programme, families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. Please visit Help with childcare costs to find out more.
 
London Borough of Bexley is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the HAF programme. The free places are funded by the Department for Education. Visit the government website for more information on the national programme.