The Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme returns – Promotional Feature

  • The Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme returns – Promotional Feature

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The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme returns

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme returns for Easter 2024 with an exciting range of activities for children and young people across the Island, to book your child’s place and check eligibility go to Easter Listings for the Island’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) (iow.gov.uk)

Low-cost Easter Holiday Ideas

Head to our museums, libraries and leisure centres and help keep everyone entertained!

Explore the hidden treasures of our museums

Our museums are more than just places to see exhibits. They are also family-friendly spaces where you can have fun and learn. From interactive games to hands-on crafts, there is something for everyone:

  • Museum of Island History on Tue or Thur (10am-1pm). Create and take home a paper hand axe and see the real ones in the museum. Only £1 for adults and 50p for kids.
  • Newport Roman Villa opens on 29 March. Have fun in the activity room, dress up as a Roman, make a mosaic and rebuild a pot (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm).
  • Explore Dinosaur Isle and learn about the amazing dinosaurs that lived on the Island.

Egg-citing fun sessions in the pools this Easter break with 1Leisure

Make a splash at The Heights and Medina Leisure Centre as you dive into the excitement of our swimming pools. We’ve added daily fun sessions Monday to Friday between 1.05pm to 2.30pm throughout the holidays. Our pools come alive with an array of floats and balls. It’s the perfect way to keep the kids entertained, come rain or shine.

Discover the wonders of libraries

Whether you’re looking for family fun, cosy warm spaces, creative hobbies, captivating stories, or computer and internet access for free our libraries have it all. Our libraries offer more than books – but don’t worry, we have plenty of those too! For the latest updates and event information follow the ‘Isle of Wight Council Library Service’ Facebook page.

Find out more about other free and low-cost things to do on the Island.

Discover the Family Hubs and Centres on the Island!

Do you know about the Family Hubs and Centres that are here to support you and your family?

They are places where you can find a variety of services and activities for you and your children, from pregnancy to 19 years old (or 25 years old for those living with Special Education Needs and Disabilities).

You can pop in anytime to the Family Hubs, which are open five days a week, or visit the Family Centres, which have different opening hours.

Each Hub and Centre is based on the needs of the local community, so some services may differ. But they can offer:

  • Maternity support.
  • Health visiting services.
  • Advice on getting into work.
  • Speech and language support.
  • Antenatal and parenting programmes.
  • Breastfeeding support.
  • Baby stays and plays and other support groups.

To find out more about the Family Hubs and Centres and what they can do for you, please visit the IW Family Information Hub website.

https://familyinfohub.iow.gov.uk/

Warmer Homes

Did you know that the Isle of Wight is part of the Warmer Homes programme?

If you are eligible, you could receive fully funded energy-saving improvements for your home like insulation, air source heat pumps and solar PV panels.

These improvements can:

  • help lower your energy bills
  • keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

Get more information on freephone 0800 038 5757 or visit The Warmer Homes programme (iow.gov.uk)

Get more information on the Warmer Homes website. https://www.warmerhomes.org.uk/

Government support for Early Years childcare is expanding!

Applications for 15-hour childcare are now open for eligible working parents in England with a child who turns 2 years old on or before 31 March.

  • Parents can apply at Check you’re eligible for free childcare if you’re working – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) You will receive a code which can then be shared with your childcare provider. To continue receiving government support, you will need to reconfirm details every three months on the gov.uk account.
  • From September 2024, 15 hours childcare will be expanded to eligible working parents in England with children between 9 and 23 months old.
  • From September 2025, eligible working parents in England with children between 9 months up to school age will have access to 30 hours childcare.
  • This comes alongside the existing government childcare support, including 30 hours for 3-and 4-year-olds, Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit Childcare. Parents might be able to use more than one offer to help with their childcare costs.
Childcare is also expanding for primary school children.
  • From September 2024, parents in England are expected to see an expansion in the availability of childcare in their local area before and after school, that runs from 8am until 6pm or later, also known as ‘wraparound childcare’.
  • If you are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare, you can use the support to help pay for wraparound childcare.

Visit Childcare Choices to see what support you might be eligible for, now and in the future, so you can juggle work and life: Childcare Choices | 30 Hours Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More | Help with Costs | GOV.UK

Tax credits are ending

If you’re currently on tax credits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be writing to you with a Universal Credit Migration Notice. The notice will explain what you need to do to apply for Universal Credit.

You must apply for Universal Credit within 3 months and 1 day of getting your letter, you will not get it automatically.

Apply as soon as soon as you receive your letter to make sure you get things sorted as quickly as possible.

Get more information from the government website

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