December 2021
Leicester City Council Christmas Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

Parents of children who are eligible for Free School Meals can take advantage of the HAF options available to them over the Christmas period.  Registration closes on Friday 3 December, however there are still spaces available for children and young people who: 

  • live in the city; 
  • are receiving benefits related free school meals;  
  • have not been allocated another programme place  
  • are in the age range for that programme 

If you haven’t done so, please distribute list of programme providers to parents/carers.
Details are also available at: 

Free School Meal Vouchers for children with EHCPs 

The majority of children eligible for free school meals will be able to access food and support over the Christmas holidays through the HAF programme.  Children with EHCPs may not be able to access the HAF programme.  Therefore the Household Support Fund will be sending e-vouchers directly to those parent/carers whose children have an EHCP.  

Families who need additional support with food over the Christmas holidays will be able to access the Household Support Fund. A family member can self-refer for food and utility support via The Household support fund website.  Residents who are digitally excluded can be supported by Citizens Advice who can be contacted on Contact us - Citizens Advice.

Parent Pay and Cashless Catering

As the school moves forward in the way we manage money, our cashless system, Parentpay will now be used for ALL payments including catering, contributions to resources, trips and contribution towards activities like swimming.

The system allows us to continue with the development of the academy and provides a more efficient, faster and ultimately an improved service.

The system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for students to carry cash with them throughout the day which makes it safer for them and our staff.

As it is biometric, there is no need for students to carry around a card when making meal purchases at lunchtime, they use their thumb instead. The thumbprint is transferred into a numerical code so the thumbprint itself is not stored.

All students are shown how to pay at the tills. Any money spent on food and drink will be deducted from the student’s accounts through parentpay.

As a parent, you will be able to identify what they have purchased.

Payments to Parentpay can be made either through your Parentpay login and password, with a credit or debit card.  A letter can be provided with these details.

Alternatively, you can pay via any local paypoint shop, with a plastic paypoint card which can be provided on request.

A letter will be issued for payments such as trips, contributions to ingredients or swimming or to pay for resources and the items listed separately on Parentpay. If you wish to pay for these via a paypoint, a letter with a separate bar code can be issued on request.

Paypoint locations can be found here.

As per current legislation, we are required to operate an ‘opt in’ policy so we will need parent authorisation to take your child’s thumbprint. You will be provided with a form to complete when you child starts with Lancaster Academy. If you do not authorise to take the thumbprint, the student can make meal purchases but will need to provide their name at the till point which can be less efficient. (Please note, this also includes students who are eligible for free school meals).