A summer listening and responding

MASKK have been busy behind the scenes the last few months listening to children and parents and trying our best to make things happen that you’ve asked for. It has been challenging at times but thank you for your patience in waiting and thank you to those that have made time to talk to us, sent us suggestions or attending the activities in May half term and completed the council questionnaires.

Parents and carers asked…

  • For more provision for children with SEND.
    • Those who qualify for HAF (Healthy Holidays for children in receipt of benefit related free school meals) but the current session can’t provide the support their children need.
    • Those who do not qualify for HAF but also have nothing to do because universal clubs and activities do not meet the needs of your children.
  • For easier to understand promotion written in text, not flashy images, so that adults who are neurodiverse can better understand them and children do not miss out (I hope the table attached helps).
  • For more free and subsidised provision that is open to those not receiving free school meals but for who finance is a barrier stopping their child attending paid for activities and so children can just pay together.

Children and Young People asked…

  • 8 to 13 year olds fed back they wanted something more for them but enjoy structured activities not just youth club.
  • For parent/carers not to book them into a Healthy Holiday activity that they don’t want to do, have more specific information for parents to share with their child when asking if they want to go.
  • More time to just be free. Providing space to be children and be with their friends.
  • To be outside more.

It’s always been MASKK’s mission to work towards enhancing the lives of local children. Listen to what they need and want, and making it happen, listening is a key way we can do this.

Craig Judson


A summer that is going to be busy

MASKK will be delivering 453 hours of Holiday activities across six weeks in five locations with 236 places per week. This means it has taken us a while to finalise everything and get systems organised to allow people to book. Because of the specifics of some of the activities, and routes of funding it also means we need to use multiple ways of booking.

A summer needing resources

Taking all the feedback on board MASKK have working with the local and Citywide HAF Teams to put together a Healthy Holiday programme of activities across the area.

To create free/subsided places for those not eligible for Free School Meals we also applied for funding from The National Lottery (Awards for All), Police & Crime Commissioner (VRU) and South Yorkshire Community Foundation. Unfortunately, none of our bids were successful, feedback provided said all were very oversubscribed.

The HAF team though have confirmed that although 85% of places should be for children in receipt of benefits related free school meals, we can open the 15% wider. Families who have a MAST worker, children with SEND and unable to access universal services and families requiring support for other reasons.

For those attending our paid for session there is also financial support available, more information can be found on https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ but in summary:

  • If you are in work/training and receive Universal Credit you may be eligible for up to 85% of your childcare costs to be reimbursed. You will need to pay your bill and upload the receipt to Universal Credit to claim it back.
  • If you are in work and a UK tax payer you may be eligible for Tax Free Childcare. For every £8 you pay in to the government scheme they top it up with £2 (20%). You then use that account to pay your childcare bill to MASKK (or another registered provision).

What’s on offer

If you meet Healthy Holiday criteria please sign up to https://sheffield.ipalbookings.com/ otherwise visit https://maskk.org.uk and click BOOK NOW and sign up. On both you’ll find some activities already to book but it also means we can book you in to some specific activities that are currently hidden to general public if you or your child want to and the sessions are suitable.

What? Where? For Who? When? How to Book?

Monday Play Day:

Bringing together various activities under one roof. Allowing children to freely move and choose what they’d like to do. Hot lunch included too.

Temple Park Centre – Whole Building

Primary School Age Children. (or those slightly older who still enjoy playing)

Those who enjoy freely playing in a busy and often loud environment.


7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August

10:30 until 14:30

via iPal

(Includes evening meal)

SEND Play Day:

Engaging with play and fun. Includes messy and tactile activities and outside play.

Temple Park Centre – MASKK Room & Garden For children aged 6 to 14 with multiple support needs who might be unable to access other activities, but enjoy coming to play or hangout with others.

Tuesdays, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd August

11:00 until 14:00

email letsplay@maskk.org.uk
for more details

(Includes lunch)

Chess and Board Games Club:

Spend an afternoon playing games with others.

Temple Park Centre – Main Hall For young people aged 8 to 15 who enjoy chess, board, or card games. Suitable for those who prefer quieter environments.

Tuesdays, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd August

15:00 until 18:00

FREE via iPal
£3.50/Free from  maskk.org.uk and click Book Now.
(Includes evening meal)

Forest Skills:

Time outdoors exploring Manor Fields Park, Led by Wezz

Manor Fields Park Woodland Classroom – meeting outside York House For children aged 6 to 10 who want to spend time outside (in all weathers) with opportunities to wonder.

Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd August

16:00 until 18:00

email letsplay@maskk.org.uk

(Includes evening meal)

SEND Forest Skills:

Creating opportunities to be in the outdoors, Led by Wezz

Temple Park Centre – Garden For children aged 6 to 14 who might be unable to access the open spaces session, perhaps need a smaller group or some emotional support, but want to engage with nature and outdoor forest skills based activities.

Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th August

15:30 until 17:30

email letsplay@maskk.org.uk

(Includes evening meal)

Wybourn Kids Club – Holiday Activity Afternoons:

Creative, often messy and never quiet.

Pat Midgley Community Hub

For children in Y1 to Y6, primarily living in Wybourn or attending school in Wybourn.

Existing members get priority for places.

Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th August

16:30 until 18:00

email letsplay@maskk.org.uk

(Includes evening meal)

Family Cooking Classes led by Spud Buddies:

Parent/carer & child opportunity to come together and cook then enjoy a meal.

St Swithun’s Church

For parents and carers with their children aged 6 and over.

Instructions are prepared to be easy to understand and help on hand for those (parents or children) who might need a little extra support.

4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August

10:00 until 12:00
13:00 until 15:00

Book a place at a date here (families are welcome to book more than one date): https://bit.ly/44ZAikF

email questions to letsplay@maskk.org.uk

(Includes Lunch)

Young People Cooking Class led by volunteers from 186th Sheffield Scout Group:

Helping young people be independent.

St Swithun’s Church

For young people aged 10+.

Working in groups of 4 they will prepare and enjoy a different meal each session. Learning knife & other skills. Suitable for those wanting a quieter activity.

4th, 18th & 25th August

16:00 until 18:00

(Not 11th Aug)

email letsplay@maskk.org.uk

(Includes evening meal)

MASKK Holiday Playcare:

Providing a full day of play and fun, while parents work, train or want to give their child something fun to do.

Temple Park Centre

For children from reception class upwards.

Financial support for working parents potentially available from Universal Credit or Tax Free Childcare

Monday to Friday except bank holidays

8:30 until 18:00

maskk.org.uk and click Book Now

£21 for 8:30 until 15:30
£30 for 8:30 until 18:00
(Includes evening meal)

Short Breaks for children with SEND Temple Park Centre For those aged 5+ with SEND, registered and referred to MASKK by Sheffield Council SNIPS Team.

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

10:00 until 15:00

By referral from Sheffield City Council (SNIPS)