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The Holiday Enrichment Programme is in response to a growing body of national evidence of a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families more likely to experience ‘unhealthy school holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health.

Established providers such as BELP, Billingham Town Council, Eastern Ravens and Epic Teesside, Groundwork, Hardwick in Partnership, National Elite Sports Coaching, and Iron Guidance delivered the Holiday Enrichment Programme and collectively, successfully engaged with 255 children throughout Stockton on Tees with a fantastic range of activities.

  • Arts and Craft
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Gardening
  • Wellbeing

Targeted Holiday Provision can have a positive impact on children and young people through providing consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities and healthy nutritious food and can contribute to their development and improved attainment.

During current challenging covid restrictions, providers delivered a blended model of face to face and virtual activities. They showed innovation with activities such as creation of Bug Hotels, healthy nutritious Meal Packs to cook at home together, Chat and Snack sessions face to face and virtually, virtual youth club, 30 days of Wellness and Boxing.

Partnership work was strong with Billingham Boxing Club and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, showed excellent collaboration.

Environment sessions such as undersea boxes, complete with octopus, gardening and ‘Go Wild in the Dene’ provided an educational, engaging range of enrichment activities.

Cohesive working with community shop at Norton Grange provided parents access to affordable food and working with local supermarkets who donated fruit for snack for the providers

Thank you very much to all who participated and for all the hard work during the Holiday Enrichment Programme for May half term and we look forward to a fun pack Summer delivered through the Holiday and Activity Programme.