Childcare, Activties and Healthy Food

What is Connect4Summer?

In October 2019 the Department for Education published its invitation to bid for the local coordination of a free holiday provision fund which included activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children during 2020 summer holidays.

During the summer of 2019 Romsey Community School and Park Community School successfully bid and provided a programme which was very successful. Therefore, we bid for the Holiday Activities Fund in summer 2020 and were delighted to hear we had won the bid once again.

Connect4Summer Logo

The project for 2020 is based on the pilot year and has been expanded to include more venues in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

The programme is run in 50 venues and includes a range of sports activities, healthy cooking classes for children and their parents or carers, as well as additional support for our most vulnerable families who are in need.

The 20-day project runs from 29 July - 25 August, 10am-3pm.

Connect4Summer 2020

Connect4Summer is back at Park for 2020! Join us from 29th July-25th August for a summer of fun.

FREE Family Fun Days, childcare and Teen Projects.

Please visit Connect4Summer for booking and more information. Contact for childcare bookings.

Family Fun Days: daily craft, sport, cookery, storytelling, Daily Mile, two-course hot lunch and a specialist. Specialists include: Family First Aid, Art Projects, Yoga, Martial Arts, Lego and a Science Professor.

Childcare: We are providing 10 free childcare sessions to families in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) with working parents. Please contact Active Kids directly. Children must be aged 5 and older. You will be required to provide proof of FSM.

Teen Projects:

  • Woodwork with Tux Mokgethi: specialist in Design and Technology. Tux worked with our families last year and this was an extremely popular activity. He is very excited to work with our teens this year using wood to create a design for them to take home. They will use a variety of tools and materials, all provided for free to our teens.
  • Gaming design with Stuart: specialist in gaming design and app creation. Learn to create your own game with a focus on creativity and strategy. Create an app that you can download to your phone at the end of the course.
  • Artwork and graffiti with James Waterfield: specialist in teaching art. One of James’ passions is creating large graffiti displays at festivals. On the day you will work on a design and then using spray paint create your own artwork to take home and display.

Connect4Summer 2019 - Review

We are really proud of what we have achieved, 17 organisations have provided free daily child care and 21 organisations have provided free family fun days for 20 days and the feedback from parents has been tremendous....

Connect4Summer in the News

BBC South Today - 2019


Connect4Summer on the Radio

BBC Radio Solent's Julian Glegg talking with Susan Parish about the Connect4Summer scheme.

Press Release - Minister announces funding awarded to Park Community and Romsey Community Schools

News that a joint funding bid by Park Community School in Havant and Romsey Community School in Havant has been successful has been warmly welcomed.

On 8 May 2019, Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, announced that 11 coordinators will receive a share of £9.1m funding to provide 50,000 disadvantaged children with free meals and activities over the upcoming summer holidays.

The Havant and Romsey schools are being given a grant to co-ordinate a programme called ‘Connect4Summer’ for children in 23 venues across Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

Connect4Summer will be providing an exciting programme that will include a range of sports activities, healthy cooking classes for children and their parents or carers, as well as additional support for our most vulnerable families who are in need.

Headteacher of Park Community School, Christopher Anders, said: “We are very excited and delighted to be involved in this large project supporting families with holiday child care and family fun days.”

Headteacher Jonathan de Sausmarez of Romsey Community School said “I am really pleased that the need for vulnerable families to have support and care over the summer holidays has been recognised. We want to make a real difference and we are very proud to support this much needed project.”

Both Community Managers of each school, Susan Parish (Park Community School) and Jan Lefley (Romsey Community School) reported that they wanted to provide a programme that has a future legacy, that engages families and provides them with opportunities after the summer to continue with a variety of activities. Susan said “It is very important to us that we continue to address holiday hunger and this programme enables us to reach large numbers of children and their families. We will also be able to offer children good quality, exciting activities and new opportunities whilst ensuring they are safe throughout the holidays.”

For further details please contact:

Summer MUNCH at Park

Our holiday MUNCH meals continue to provide a free 2 course meal for children attending any school in Leigh Park, parents and carers are also welcome, whose curent circumstances might mean that receiving a free meal is necessary. - Excludes Bank Holidays