Holiday activities and food (HAF) programme

Our holiday activities and food (HAF) programme provides fun, free activities for children and young people aged 5 and upwards during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. The programme is for children eligible for benefit related free school meals, which is a requirement from the Department for Education (DfE) which funds the programme.

There's always a range of activities on offer, including sports and games sessions, craft and creative activities and fun days out. Healthy snacks and lunch are also provided to all children and young people attending face-to-face activities.

Our sessions are inclusive, so are suitable for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

How to book activities

If your child is eligible for the HAF programme (if they are in Reception up to year 11 and are in receipt of benefits based free school meals) they will be allocated a new and unique 16-digit code for each of the three holiday periods that the HAF programme runs (the Easter, Sumer and Christmas holidays) to enable you to book activities.

If you haven’t received a code, please contact your child’s school to check that your child was on their list of benefits based free school meal children. Once you’ve got your code, you’ll be able to log into the Holiday Activities website – where all the activities taking place during each holiday are displayed - to book activities for your child. Codes are sent to parents from the Holiday Activities website via email and/or text so please check all email folders for the message containing the link to the activities and the code for each child.