Information for professionals
The aim of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with school and other local services.
Further detail about what the HAF programme is and why it was created can be found here. Information for professionals about the HAF programme is set out below.
Who is this programme for?
Priority places will be given to:
- Children aged 5-16 years (including 4-year-olds if in Reception) who are eligible for and receiving benefit related free school meals, and their families
- Friends of the above – if it encourages the free school meal children to attend
Extended Eligibility Criteria
Our providers can choose to use up to 15% of their funding towards providing free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals.
- children assessed by the local authority as being in need, at risk or vulnerable (for example, children on a Child Protection Plan, Children in Need or on an Early Help plan)
- young carers
- looked-after children or previously looked after children
- children with an EHC (education, health and care) plan
- children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion
- children living in areas of high deprivation or from low-income households who are not in receipt of free school meals
- children in transition phases between nursery and primary school or primary and secondary school
Please note that our providers don’t have to give places to the above children and young people. If they do, they can choose to charge for these places, at a very subsidised rate.
How do the children we are working with access the programme?
To access the programme, parent carers should book a place directly with one of the provider that are facilitating the scheme. The list of Christmas providers is available here; please refer parent carers to this list. Please note that booking details differ depending on each provider.
What if the child has additional needs?
If the child requires assistance for the activity, parents and carers should contact the given provider to discuss further – the parent or carer may be welcome to attend or the activity provider may offer extra support for the child.
The providers on offer include those experienced in working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and are therefore appropriately trained to support children with a disability or additional needs.