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Local organisations are delivering Holiday Food and Fun programme across the borough, for example, charities, schools, sports organisations and children’s centres. Please find below further information about the programme requirements, minimum standards, training and support available, and so on.

Providers taking part in Holiday Food and Fun receive a grant, training, ongoing support from the team, and access to a wide range of resources (e.g. recipes, templates, activity ideas) in our Members’ area. The password will be given to each successful applicant.

Minimum standards

Minimum standards

Local partners will need to demonstrate they meet certain minimum standards for 2019 providers around safeguarding, food, physical activity etc.

Any food providers must be registered as a food business, at least 28 days before the food provision commences. This registration is a requirement, even when the food is being provided for free (such as the Holiday Food and Fun programme). The registration should be made by completing the Croydon Food Business Registration Form and submitting to food.safety@croydon.gov.uk

Useful downloads:

The Health and Safety executive provide a wide range of useful templates and guidance on carrying out risk assessments – visit www.hse.gov.uk/risk/index.htm

For information about local first aid courses, visit:

Applying for a grant

Applying for a grant

We can provide grants to local partners (such as charities, schools, children’s centres, sports providers and leisure centres) from across Croydon that would be interested in delivering holiday sessions during the summer, as well as training (eg on safeguarding, food hygiene), resources and ongoing support.

Please email haf@family-action.org.uk for further information and to request an application form for a grant to deliver a programme for either children only or for whole families. If you would like to run several programmes, or large programmes, also get in touch.

Application deadline for phase 1: COMPLETED

Please keep an eye on this webpage for any further grant application deadlines.

Information sessions

Information sessions

We are running a range of information sessions for interested organisations – please contact us to find out dates and times. Note that the sessions will be hosted by Louise Reilly. Please call 07714 076184.

Data collection

Data collection

Delivery partners will be asked to collect information for the DfE and their independent evaluator about all the children who attend Holiday Food and Fun. This is likely to include:

  • the name, school, date of birth, postcode, gender etc of the children taking part in the programme
  • who attends each session
  • participants’ views on holiday activities and food provision.

Programme training event

Programme training event – compulsory

Two programme training events were held for successful applicants on 26 June and 9 July (9.45 to 3.45).

The sessions covered the aims and objectives of Holiday Food and Fun, programme requirements, food and nutrition, physical activities, enrichment activities, monitoring and evaluation, training opportunities, marketing, and so on.

For information on the training please email haf@family-action.org.uk 

Free e-learning - safeguarding, food safety etc

Free e-learning

Anybody living or working in Croydon can access a range of free online courses at the link below: https://croydon.melearning.university/course_centre 

Registration is simple and courses include:

  • Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2
  • Safeguarding awareness and Safeguarding Level 1
  • Child Sexual Exploitation – Level 1 and Level 2
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Autism awareness
  • Equality and diversity
  • Effective Communication with Children and Families
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Substance Misuse
  • Information Sharing and Consent.

The Food Standards Agency also offer a free e-learning module on allergy awareness: https://allergytraining.food.gov.uk/english/

There are six modules to study, each with a test. These modules cover:

FareShare pilot

FareShare pilot

Do you want to access surplus food for free? Through FareShare Go you can access surplus food for free from local Tesco and Waitrose stores. Find out how

Download the FareShare Handbook

Resources and support for settings and families

Resources and support for settings and families


Settings taking part in Holiday Food and Fun can download a wide range of resources (eg recipes, templates, activity ideas) in our Members’ area. The password will be given to each successful applicant in early July. Further support will be offered by a range of Community Partners.

Support for families

Many programmes are aimed at the whole family, with support workers from Croydon Council available to chat to parents and carers about support they could get, while the children enjoy tasty food and fun things to do. Adults will get:

  • face-to-face chats with support providers, free and no obligation
  • Signposting to support services ( budgeting, debt advice, welfare benefits, employment support, housing advice, health and wellbeing and family support)
  • time off from childcare

Contact details