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

The HAF programme provides a variety of fun activities, including sports, food making activities, arts and crafts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills. It’s for school aged children and young people from Reception to Year 11, and runs during the easter, summer and winter school holidays.

Places are funded for those who receive benefits-related Free School Meals (FSM) and attend a school in Bexley. Children and young people also receive a free balanced meal as part of their day.

Benefits-related FSM are available to children and young people if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits. Please note that they are different from universal infant free school meals, which provide free meals to all pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2.

Paid for places are also available at some of the schemes for those not eligible for the funded places.

HAF Programmes are also running in Bromley, Greenwich and Kent, so families attending schools outside of Bexley will be able to apply to those programmes.

Winter Holiday Programme

Between Monday 19 and Friday 30 December, eligible children and young people will be able to attend up to 4 days at different holiday schemes across Bexley at no cost.

The activities are accessible to all children, and booking information is stated under each activity.

Please only book funded places for the days you know your child or young person will attend.

If you book a funded place but find you are no longer able to go, even for a day, please let the holiday club know so that they can offer it to another child who needs it.

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Danson Park Adventures

Danson Park, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8HL

For ages 8 to 14 years

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 10.30am to 2.30pm

Qualified instructors will deliver fun Bouldering games (indoor climbing) and Bell Boating (watersports), which will develop the children’s skills and teamwork.

Please note that the participant will need multiple changes of clothes.

How to book

Please contact the Watersports team with the names of the children and the dates that you would like to book by e-mail at watersports@bexley.gov.uk.

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Danson Youth Trust

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

For ages 5 to 12 years

Thursday 22, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December, 10am to 3.30pm

Range of activities including team challenges, arts and crafts, dance, connect, festive fun, ‘food fundamentals’ food activities with healthy choices, and team games like football, dodgeball, benchball as well as trampolining, Gymnastics and Roller-skating.

Book online

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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 19 to Thursday 22 December, 10.30am to 2.30pm 

Range of fun activities including making Christmas cards and Christmas tree ornaments; Elf Olympics; junk modelling; making reindeer food and ‘The Lodge has Talent’.

Paid for places are also available.

How to book

email admin@jacqgemschildcare.com or telephone 01322 351594.

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Kinetic Kids Academy

Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, DA14 6LW

For ages 5 to 13 years

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 10am to 2pm

Our Kinetic Camps allow your child to play energetic games while creating new friendships and allowing young people to compete in a sports setting. The camps consist of fun multi-skill games leading up until lunch. After refueling, 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, while also playing sports that they either have or have not played before.

Paid for places are also available.

Book online

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Koala Klubs

  • Crook Log Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4HH
  • Erith Leisure Centre, Avenue Road, Erith, DA8 3AT
  • Sidcup Leisure Centre, Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AE

For ages 5 to 14 years

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 8am to 6pm

Come and enjoy a wide range of activities. Koala Klubs will be offering 10 different activities each day including swimming, archery, fencing, dodgeball and arts and crafts.

Paid for places are also available.

How to book

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Loveland

Lesness Abbey, Abbey Road, Belvedere, DA17 5DH

For ages 5 to 11 years

Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 December, 11am to 3pm

A range of activities including arts and crafts, performing arts, cooking activities, Balloon volleyball, hula hooping, musical chairs, skipping, dancing and more.

Book online

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Mensah EduSport

Foots Cray Baptist Church, 137 Sidcup Hill, DA14 6JS

For ages 8 to 12 years

Monday 19, Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 December, 9am to 1pm

A wide range of activities including multi-sports (basketball, badminton, capture the flag, football, cricket, tag rugby, multi-sports, and athletics), winter-themed arts and crafts, healthy eating sessions,  sporting games (crossing the river, dodgeball, fitness obstacle course) and drama. 

How to book

Please complete a booking form or telephone 07956 479095 or e-mail info@mensahedusport.com or admin@mensahedusport.com if you have any issues.

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Nemesis Academy

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

For ages 5 to 14 years

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 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 which 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

Email Nemesis_gym@btconnect.com

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Omega Sportz

Belvedere Junior School, Mitchell Close, Belvedere, DA17 6AA

For ages 4 to 12 years

Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 December, 9am to 1pm

A wide range of activities including science experiments, bouncy castle gymnastics, a dance workshop, multi-sports and games, arts and crafts, a cooking workshop, and a Christmas party.

Paid for places are also available.

How to book

Email info@omegasportz.com, telephone 07444 592073 or book online.

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Sendtivate

Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ

For ages 4 to 16 years

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 9am to 1pm

A range of activities tailored to disabled children’s needs including making fruit kebabs, stencilling, arts and crafts, music workshop, storytelling, sports and games, bouncy castle, smoothie bike, and a celebratory event. Support will be provided on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis depending on the level of need.

Book online

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Talent Acquisition Group

North Heath Family Church, 1 Mill Road, Erith, DA8 1HW

For ages 11 to 16 years

Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 December, 12pm to 4pm

A range of activities including script writing, Dragon’s Den, sip and paint, and Youth Olympics/World Cup. 

Paid for places are also available.

How to book

Register online
 

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Thamesmead Christian Fellowship and Christian Life Fellowship

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

For ages 4 to 11 years

Wednesday 21 to Thursday 22 December and Wednesday 28 to Thursday 29 December, 1pm to 5pm

A range of activities for all children to develop new skills and try new experiences.   The fun activities include art, craft, cooking activities, fruit smoothie bikes, sport sessions, games and t shirt designing.

Book online

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The Javan Coker Foundation

Willow Bank Primary School, Seacourt Road, London, SE2 9XB

For ages 7 to 16 years

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, 10am to 2pm

A range of activities tailored to disabled children’s needs including a music workshop, storytelling, arts and crafts, a talent show, dance or fitness, and a guided nature walk. Support will be provided based on the level of need required - this can be a 1:1 or 2:1 on a staff:young person ratio.

How to book

E-mail thejavancokerfoundation@gmail.com or telephone 07765 331092.

For more details, visit The Javan Coker Foundation website.

Additional information

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