The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) is held throughout the UK as part of the government’s endeavours to support children during the school holidays. This includes coordinated activities as well as a meal.
There are many wonderful HAF programs available, each providing a unique experience. Here at LearnPlay Foundation, we aim to help children to learn through technology by providing several unique offerings.
In addition to learning and playing with new and exciting technologies, participants have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and alternatives to eating sugar-ladened foods. Each attendee samples a variety of fruits and vegetables and learns how to incorporate them into their daily lives. At our December HAF, the selection on offer consisted of grapes, melon, cucumber and watermelon, to name a few.
Our most recent HAF proved to be a great success and popular with the many children who had the opportunity to learn, play and explore digital technologies. We received feedback from a delighted father who said, “It’s amazing what LearnPlay Foundation are doing as part of the Wolverhampton HAF. My daughters have attended both the Summer and Winter HAF and have enjoyed it immensely! I will be keeping an eye out for the 2023 HAF activities.”
On offer at Walsall, we had Tech Play – Game and Design. The Walsall HAF had 40 participants over 4 fun-filled days creating games and graphic designs.
Justin Rutherford, Programme Coordinator had this to say about his experience leading Walsall HAF delivery for LearnPlay Foundation, “The HAF Programme has become one of the more exciting activities at LearnPlay Foundation. I love seeing what the children come up with when given creative control over something new and it’s always fun working with them in such a positive environment! This year, we had everything from fruit faces and healthy eating posters to a fully functioning fruit slice game.”
Participants in Wolverhampton had the opportunity to experience working with 3-D pens, VR, Robotics and Gaming.
Simon Gull, Wolverhampton Programme Coordinator from LearnPlay Foundation, said, “It’s exciting to see HAF participants engage with what’s on offer. We had 41 children over 5 days learning and playing with VR technology, creating with 3D pens and modelling with dry clay. The fantastic thing is that many of the children can take their creations home with them. It was also gratifying to see how the children enjoyed learning about nutrition and got stuck into taste testing a variety of fruit and vegetables.”
Simon added, “We look forward to applying for HAF 2023 and to inviting many more participants to have access to these fun and educational sessions.”
Our HAF programmes offer children the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies, develop new skills and express their creativity. With a range of programmes available, there is something for every child to enjoy! Additionally, these programs are a great way for children to constructively spend their holidays while having fun and learning valuable skills.