FAMILIES in north Oxfordshire will once again be able to book children, aged five to eleven years old, onto council run school holiday hubs this summer.

The popular sessions have been running for ten years but were forced to take a break in 2020 due to Covid.

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Work was completed earlier this year to allow the hubs to safely restart over Easter for families facing financial hardship, providing no-cost childcare for pupils receiving free school meals in Cherwell.

These are now being expanded to include traditional, bookable places for fee-paying families.

Councillor Phil Chapman, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for leisure and sport, said: “The school holidays can be a challenging time for families trying to juggle work commitments with childcare provision. Our holiday hubs are now available to all families in Cherwell, providing fun, active sessions for children to enjoy over the six-week break.”

More than half of the 300 daily places will be given free of charge to children entitled to free school meals, thanks to a grant provided by Oxfordshire County Council’s holiday activity funding. These places are bookable through individual schools.

The hubs are being expanded this year and will be available in six different locations across the district.

The activities start on Monday, July 26.

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