Bringing the holiday spirit to Surrey
With just over a month to go until Christmas, Club4's winter holidays camps are now open for registration!
If your child receives benefit-related free school meals, you should have received a Club4 voucher from their school earlier this month. We're pleased to say that you are now able to use that voucher to sign your child up for a place at one of Surrey's Club4 holiday camps.
What is Club4?
Club4 is Surrey's version of the Government's Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme.
Club4 offers support through the longer holidays to pupils aged 4 to 16 on benefit-related free school meals. Children who attend Club4 get to take part in activities and receive a meal, thanks to the countywide network of free camps.
Winter holiday camp are now open for registration!
The Club4 winter holiday camps will start on Monday 19 December. If your child is eligible and you don't want them to miss out on the fun, you should register as soon as possible.
Demand is expected to be high, so it's important that parents don't delay. Despite there being 9000 plus places at 94 locations across the county, camps will fill up fast.
We also ask that parents only book places if they are sure their child can attend, so that as many children as possible can benefit from the activities and meals on offer.
How can I book my child's place?
If your child receives benefit-related free school meals, you would have been sent an electronic voucher from your child's school. You can use to book onto a camp of your choice.
The programme is constantly evolving with new providers coming on board each holiday in those areas where help is needed most. This year, Club4 summer camps ran at 130 venues, so you're likely to find a camp in a location that suits you.
Does Club4 accommodate children with additional needs and disabilities?
If your child has low-level additional needs and disabilities, you should disclose their needs when you book their space, so that Club4 can make sure they are accommodated.
If your child has more complex needs, they may be invited to apply for separate, more targeted provision, to better meet their needs.
What are the benefits of my child attending a Club4 holiday camp?
Parents and carers of the Club4 summer holiday camp shared that they appreciated the support that was on offer, with 92% saying they'd be happy sending their child to a Club4 camp again. They also praised the variety of cultural and physical activities on offer.
Nic Fraser from Active Surrey, who manage the scheme on behalf of Surrey County Council, is pleased with the way the summer went for those attending: "Parents were grateful for the help and were pleased that their child got to have fun attending the sort of clubs that other families may take for granted.
"We were really pleased to have 81% of parents telling us that their kids tried new food or activities, with four in ten joining in with something their child had learnt at camp."