What is BACE Holidays?

BACE Holidays stands for Barnet. Active. Creative. Engaging. Holidays! A project delivered in partnership by Barnet Council and Young Barnet Foundation and funded by the Department for Education to offer children and young people who currently receive free school meals to access enriching activities and a healthy lunch over the holiday periods.

School holidays can be pressure points for some families due to increased costs and reduced incomes. BACE Holidays is an inclusive programme for children and young people in Barnet to experience engaging and healthy activities with an emphasis on physical, emotional, and nutritional wellbeing during the school holidays.

Children and young people will be given the opportunity take part in an activity face to face at one of our Summer BACE Camps and receive a nutritionally balanced lunch. Activities may include; football, cricket, arts and crafts, performing arts and lots more.

*All delivery will adhere to current COVID government guidance. 

Download the Summer BACE Booklet here. Full of fun activities, nutritional guidance, recipes, tips and fun facts, signposting and lots more!

Dates: 26 July - 20 August 2021

Ages: 5-16years

Location: Venues across the Borough of Barnet - Each location below has different dates.

Canada Villa Young People Centre, NW7 2BU

East Barnet School, EN4 8PU

Dollis Junior Schools, NW7 2BU

Claremount Primary School, NW2 1AB

Church Hill School, EN4 8NN

Colindale School, NW9 6DT

Coppetts Wood, N10 1JS

Fairways School, NW7 3HS

Finchley Youth Centre, N2 9ED

Greentop Children’s Centre, NW9 5WR

Manorside Primary, N3 2AB

Tudor Primary School, N3 2AG

Times: 10:30 - 14:30

Cost: FREE

Who is the Programme for? All children and young people in Barnet who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals*.

*Please note: You will be asked to provide evidence of the above within the registration form.

If you have any issues booking onto any of the courses and / or have any queries please email BACEHolidays@barnet.gov.uk 

How to sign up?

To register your child's interest please complete the

'Register Your Interest' Form
For sign up

What happens next?

Once you have registered your child on our website and you have selected YES to free school meals, you will be sent an email when the Summer BACE Holidays is avialable to book. Expect this email around the end of June 2021. You will then be able to select an activity for your child to take part in. You will then be able to see on your dashbaord when you sign in the activity details, such as times, location etc.

To access the resources for BACE Holidays, including worksheets please go to BACE Resources.

If you are not eligible for this project you can still access the Positive Activities Holiday Provision which is FREE to all children and young people that go to school or live in the Borough of Barnet. 

Go to BOOK NOW to sign up to more of our activities.



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Why are free holiday clubs needed?

School holidays can be tough for children from disadvantaged families who struggle to afford the extra costs such as food and childcare. This means they are less likely to access organised out-of-school activities, more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition, physical health and more likely to experience social isolation.

What does BACE Holidays stand for?

Barnet. Active. Creative. Engaging. Holidays.

Who is the BACE Holidays funded by? 

BACE is provisioned by Barnet Council with funding provided by the Department for Education as part of a nationwide programme for all Local Authorities to help combat holiday hunger.

Who is the programme for?

Children and young people who attend school in the Borough of Barnet who receive Free School Meals.

What should I expect from the BACE Holidays project?  

At least one healthy meal a day, fun and enriching activities and daily physical activities. Organisations will also give some nutritional education to improve children's and young people's knowledge of healthy eating. Our Website, Pre-recorded videos and Booklet will also offer parents advice, cook-a-longs, sign posting on making nutritious low-cost food, emotional wellbeing and keeping active.

What is the aim for children and young people taking part?

We want children and young people who attend BACE Holidays to:

  • Eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • Be more active during the school holidays
  • Take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • Be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • Have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • Be more engaged with school and other local services. 

What ages is BACE Holidays for? 

The project is for children and young people aged 5-16. Activities and clubs are divided into different age groups. 

How many children / young people will take part in each activity?

Following COVID19 guidance, group sizing will be followed by goverment guidance. If you wish to place your child in a bubble please email the team: BACEHolidays@barnet.gov.uk

What will the healthy lunch include? 

Where possible a hot healthy nutritionally balanced lunch that follows Public Health Englands guidance. Some locations will have a packed lunch which will meet the requirements above.

When booking your child / young person's place you will be asked for any dietary or allergies.

What will the activities include? 

The activities will include a focus on the following:

  • Physical health and exercise
  • Nutritional guidance and education
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Building confidence and having fun

Are the activities face to face or online?

The majority of our acitivties are face to face. There will be a some options for the 12+ range for online and face to face. If your activity is online then you will be sent all the details via your dashboard.

Online delivery is hosted via zoom (add link to zoom guidance on website). You will need internet access and a device to take part.

Zoom can be accessed via the following devices:

  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Phone
  • Playstation 4 and 5
  • Xbox
  • Smart TV

What if I don’t have a compatible device or wifi access?

There is a limited amount of face to face delivery, however children without access to a device and or wifi access will be prioritised. 

Face to face delivery will consist of two options:

  • Face to face with the course facilitator and other children adhering to covid regulations (lunch will be included in this).
  • A place at a centre adhering to covid regulations with wifi access, a worker and following the online activities (a prepare and eat lunch will be included with this).

Can we still deliver in the Summer due to Covid-19 restrictions? 

Face to face Easter delivery will take place following COVID19 guidance from the government.

As set out in the following guidance, from 29 March out-of-school settings and wraparound providers will be able to offer both outdoor and indoor provision to specified groups, including vulnerable children and children on benefits related free school meals, where they are attending as part of our holiday activities and food programme:

Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

For BACE Holidays face-to-face provision, please also see the following updated guidance for parents and carers:

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Contact Us:

If you have any futher questions please email: BACEHolidays@barnet.gov.uk 

Bread & Butter Cooking Video!

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Cook-a-long with Give.Help.Share.

Did you know that too many carrots can make you turn orange?! Join us to learn how to make an easy, delicious meal for your family whilst learning some fun food facts. This meal costs as little as £1.50 with all ingredients being easily accessible from your fridge or nearest supermarket.

Our activity resource pack will need to be uploaded too, as this accompanies the food facts video. Visit www.barnetyouth.uk/BACEHolidays 

Help.Give.Share - Food Facts & Fun - BACE Holidays

Meet Amanda & Jacqueline - two teacher friends - who have a passion for education, creativity and making a difference and set up Give. Help. Share.

Want to learn some nutritional facts with the potential of winning a prize? Work through our four-part video and activity booklet where you'll learn about food groups; vitamins and minerals; shopping on a budget; reducing food waste; and may win an Amazon voucher too - good luck! Our activity resource pack will need to be uploaded too, as this accompanies the food facts video. Visit: www.barnetyouth.uk/BACEHolidays

Their attention was drawn to Marcus Rashford's #EndChildFoodPoverty campaign and we were shocked to learn that a staggering four million children do not have the funds to access healthy food in the UK. It didn't take long until they reached their long-term vision: to provide children with healthy, nutritious food boxes at the end of the school day, re-educating families on food choice.