Isle of Wight Council

Hampshire County Council Children's Services

Development Officer (IoW) - Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) (Ref: HCC447070)

Newport, Isle of Wight (exact location TBC)

£36,167 to £40,464 per annum pro rata (actual salary £18,083 to £20,232 per annum)

Contact: Hampshire County Council Children's Services, Peter Cooper, Market Management Lead on 07784 262647

Vacancy Reference: HCC447070

Closing Date: 27/03/2023

Contract Type: Permanent 

18.5 per week

Hampshire County Council 
- Children's Services

Please visit HCC website for application method via their 'APPLY NOW' link and further job details.

The Role:

The Holiday Activity and Food Programme is a high profile programme both nationally and locally across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  

Since 2018 the government has supported 
holiday activities and food programmes to provide support to children in receipt of free school meals through holiday periods. Following successful pilots between 2018 and 2020, the programme was rolled out to all upper tier local authorities in 2021. Successful national delivery has provided three years of funding for the programme up to March 2025. This three year funding is enabling a new team to be appointed to deliver the programme.

The programme supports school aged children with eligibility for free schools meals to access food and enriching activity schemes across the three main 
school holiday periods of Easter, Summer and Christmas. The total value of the programme is up to £11.6m, with HCC allocation totalling up to £10.3m and Isle of Wight up to £1.3m from 2022 and 2025. 

Hampshire County Council 
Children's Services is commissioning Holiday Activities with Food schemes for eligible children and young people. The team will commission individual places, bespoke or specialist schemes for eligible children and their families for both Hampshire and Isle of Wight areas. Holiday activities and food programme also help families to develop an understanding of nutrition and food budgeting and put them in touch with support services related to health, employment, or education.

The programme continues to evolve, and this provides an exciting opportunity for the team to develop the programme to meet changing need. Successful applicants will need to be able to work in a changing environment.

What We Can Offer You

As one of the UK’s most respected and highest performing local authorities, you will work within a modern, friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment with like-minded people; technology to support flexible working; a strong emphasis on professional development and learning.  As a local authority, we offer great terms and conditions , including a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) pension scheme.  

Further information about our employee benefits can be found 

Additional Information:

Development Officer (IoW) - Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF): 
Job Description and Person Specification 

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact Details for an Informal Discussion:

Peter Cooper, Market Management Lead on 07784 262647

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


Closing Date: 27 March 2023

Interview Date: 18/19 April 2023