Summer holiday food, activities and childcare programme: evaluation report - summer 2022

Evaluation report for the 2022 summer holiday food, activities and childcare programme (summer 2022). The research draws in-depth qualitative findings from a selected group of local authorities and some quantitative findings.

Appendix A: Logic Model




Scottish Government administered guidance on eligibility and activity provision



Food supply

Local knowledge

Local Partnerships


Programme staffing:

  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Cross-sector partnership working

Programme design:

  • Identifying additional funding sources
  • Designing childcare/activity sessions
  • Identifying new options for childcare/activity sessions
  • Activities co-created with CYP and families
  • Identifying and mitigating access barriers
  • Non-stigmatising approaches to participation
  • Menu design

Programme promotion and communication:

  • Identifying families in target groups
  • Targeted communication
  • General communication


Programme staffing:

  • Trained staff
  • New/improved cross-sector partnerships

Programme provision:

  • Range of childcare sessions
  • Range of activity sessions
  • New/innovative holiday activities
  • Accessible transport
  • Appropriate food provision
  • Support for low-income families
  • Engaged communities


  • Children, young people and families in every LA
  • Place based approach targeting areas of multiple deprivation
  • 85% funding targeted at:
    • Families of children/young people aged 5-14
    • Family groups identified in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.
  • 15% of funding for provision for those who need it most (including, but not limited to):
    • Children from other low-income families
    • Care experienced children and young people
    • Young carers
    • Children in need of protection
    • Children supported by a child's plan
    • Children with ASN
    • Children who have undergone significant transitions, for example, starting in ELC, primary or secondary school

Short term outcomes/impacts

Outcomes for families:

Increased equity of access to holiday childcare and activities for children from low-income families

Reduced household costs during school holidays

More opportunities for parents/carers to rest, train, work, or spend more time with other children in household

Priority outcomes for children / young people:

Opportunities to try new activities

Choice of a range of activities

Consistent access to nutritious food during school holidays

Secondary outcomes for children / young people:

Increased participation in activities outside/out of their usual environment

Increased physical activity

Access to peer learning/further support

Enjoyment and improved wellbeing

Opportunities to socialise with peers

Improved relationships with food

For service providers:

Improved understanding of needs of low-income families

Robust cross-sector working

Medium to long term outcomes/impacts

Creation of flexible, affordable childcare solutions which meet needs of families 

Creation of new types of holiday childcare provision

Creation of sustainable, scalable childcare solutions

Parents/carers enabled to pursue new opportunities for training and employment

Contribute to improved standard of living

Contribute to reductions in health inequalities

Sustainable cross-sector working relationships



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