School Summer Holidays: Help for Families 2022
School Summer Holidays: Help for Families 2022

Helping families to enjoy the School Summer Holidays!

Schools out for the summer! Whilst the summer holidays can be a lovely time for families to enjoy together in the sunshine, I’m concerned that lots of Putney residents this year will be worrying about bills, childcare and struggling with the cost of living crisis.

I’ve compiled this directory to help you and your family access services, shops and restaurants on hand to support you.

You can also access my full Cost of Living Crisis Help Directory here.

Cheaper family meals

Many supermarkets, shops and businesses are allowing kids to eat free or very cheap in order to help out struggling families. Here is a list of places you can go with your little ones over the summer:

  • Asda – At Asda, kids can get a hot or cold meal for just £1 in cafes. The Kids Eat for £1 deal is available all day long from July 25 until September 4. Baby food is also part of the new initiative, with young ones able to enjoy a free pouch of Ella’s Kitchen baby food in local Asda Cafes.
  • Morrisons – When you purchase one adult meal over £4.99, kids can get a free meal from the children’s menu. It applies to children 16 and under.
  • Bella Italia – Kids can eat for just £1 at Bella Italia with the purchase of any adult main from 4-6pm Monday-Thursday. Kids can enjoy three courses as well as a Cawston Pressed Fruit Water for just £1. Meals are suitable for ages 4-11. Outside of these times, kids can still get cheaper deals at Bella Italia. Three courses & a Cawston Pressed Fruit Water on the Piccolo Menu is £6.49 (perfect portions for 2-6-year-olds) and the Grande Menu is £8.49 and consists of larger portions for 7-11-year-olds.
  • YO!– Kids can eat for free at YO! with every £10 spent on meals by an accompanying adult. You can enjoy this deal from 3pm to 5:30pm, Monday- Thursday and it will be active until September 29. Children must order meals from the children’s menu and be under 10 years old.
  • Dobbies – Kids can eat for free at Dobbies with every adult main purchased. This includes the kid’s lunch menu or pick ‘n’ mix’ meal, plus a drink. This is valid until 12pm daily.

Local family days out and activities: 

You can find out what’s on during the holidays in Wandsworth here: https://fis.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/family.page?familychannel=1-6-7 

Why not take part in a Summer Reading Challenge? https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Wandsworth Connected Summer HAF programme is for young people and families in receipt of benefit related school meals from reception to Year 11 to access activities and services during the Summer Holidays, including a nutritious meal and a fun physical activity every day. Find more info here: https://thrive.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/service.page?id=lcU0-vtwmMc

Here are some brilliant summer holiday events for children in Wandsworth libraries: https://www.better.org.uk/library/london/wandsworth/york-gardens-library/news/summer-holiday-events-for-children-in-wandsworth-libraries#

Some good tips from Money Saving Expert: 

You might like to look at Money Saving Expert’s Cheap Days Out listings, including:

They have also put together 24 ways to entertain children for free (or very cheap). 

Advice on keeping cool this summer:

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with my team if you are struggling. Please email fleur.anderson.mp@parliament.uk.

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