Childcare Benefits You HAF to Know About This Summer
At Practically Family we understand the childcare rollercoaster that the school holidays create. Getting the balance right is tricky. That’s why we offer fun, flexible childcare with an extra special sprinkle of magic to ease the holiday headaches of parenting, childcare and work
We like to think we’ve answered parent’s cries (and sometimes silent screams) for a company to smash stereotypes and provide childcare in a way they really want. It’s what our trailblazing ethos is all about.

This summer forget asking your parents to ‘babysit’ or rushing around town picking up kids from various activities, committing to this and juggling that. Forget working guilt. We’ve got our Practically Family hand held out in solidarity to give you much-needed childcare support with absolutely no strings attached.

Our childcare is super easy to book and (take a deep breath) flexible. Simply pay for what you want, when and where you need it. No contracts, complicated payment processes or loopholes. We accept many types of childcare vouchers and now we’re thrilled to be one of the first providers in Greater Manchester to be involved with HAF – The Holiday Activities and Food programme.


What is HAF?

The Holiday Activities and Food programme is a silver lining for many parents this summer and we’re utterly delighted be a part of it.

It provides 16 hours of free childcare per week for children who receive benefits-related free school meals.  In our Practically Family language, this means YOU get to choose how you use those 16 hours, thanks to our utterly fabulous flex-appeal.

But it’s not just about ‘childcare’ it’s about keeping kids well-fed, happy and engaged beyond the end of term by delivering fun, accessible activities over the school holidays…and that’s where our Holiday Clubs shine!


What else do you need to know?

Whether you’re with HAF or not, your child(ren) will get exactly the same access to everything we offer because, from the moment you book, you’re immediately part of our big friendly family.

Use your HAF allowance how you wish, it’s flexible, free and with Practically Family holiday clubs, you can feel reassured that those hours spent with us will be full of fun! Of course, if you want more than 16 hours then you can add more sessions, knowing that at least 16 of them are fully funded.

If your child(ren) wants to bring a packed lunch to their sessions they can, but our holiday club will also offer a cold lunch option and an abundance of healthy snacks and water throughout. Drop them off knowing they’ll be catered for so you can get on with the other stuff, like work or a well-earned cup of tea!

If you’re eligible for HAF, visit our website.  Once you’re registered and on the booking system, simply select HAF scheme at the point of payment. One of our lovely lot at Practically Family will  get in touch with you to make further arrangements. It’s that easy.


The FUN bit

We know everything there is to know about keeping kids entertained and we’re pretty good at it too. Our holiday club leaders love getting every child fizzing with energy with a whole array of activities suited to every personality and interest.

Read our blog to find out more about our Holiday Club SUMMERSTOCK  line up – it’s hugely exciting stuff, think festival vibes, brimming with activities – we’re in full excitement mode.

Let’s put to bed the rigmarole of summer holiday hoo-ha. Flexible childcare doesn’t come more magical than this. Pinky Promise.
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If you’d like to find out more about the practical magic we can bring to your family please get in touch.
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