Over 4,000 holiday club spots supported children to have a healthy holiday

Our Healthy Holidays programme was a real success over the October half term holidays, with over 4,000 places made available for children at holiday clubs in Barnsley.

We worked with 16 club providers who created 30 fantastic holiday clubs across the borough, with a total of 4,372 places available over the five days from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October.

The holiday clubs, which were free for children to attend, had plenty of fun activities like arts and crafts, teambuilding, sports, gymnastics, pumpkin carving and costume making. Each club also provided at least one delicious, nutritious meal every day.

On Thursday 28 October Cllr Makinson, Mayor of Barnsley, was joined by Cllr Platts and Cllr Tattersall at the holiday club run by Team+ at Laithes Primary School, where the children taught them how to make “Wild Art” pictures.

Cllr Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “It was brilliant to be able to visit one of the Healthy Holidays clubs and to see first-hand the activities taking place. The children had a fantastic time, and it was great to see not just how we’re supporting families during the holidays, but also how much children and young people were enjoying the holiday clubs.”

Though the summer programme was funded by the Department for Education, Healthy Holidays over the October half-term was funded by the council. The government funding doesn’t cover the October holidays, but we felt it important to help those families that might need extra support over the school break.

Preparations are already underway for the next Healthy Holidays programme over the Christmas break. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the Healthy Holidays webpage, for more information closer to the holidays.

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