Information for providers
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 providers about the HAF programme is set out below.
How to register your interest
Expressions of interest for HAF 2022 have now closed.
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.
What activities are eligible for funding and who can get involved?
There are lots of different activities that are eligible for the funding. For example:
- A selection of sports (including rugby, football, netball)
- Forest school/outdoor activities such as den building, cooking on an open fire
- Arts and crafts
- Music, drama and dance
- Scooting and skateboarding
- Orienteering and out-ward bound activities
- Cooking classes and activities
- Food boxes and activity boxes
Similarly, a range of providers can sign up to deliver these activities. The following are some examples of the types of providers that can get involved with the HAF programme:
- Schools (infant, junior and secondary)
- Church groups
- Food banks
- Food providers and hospitality services
- Forest schools
- Early Years (nurseries, pre-schools)
- Special Needs providers
- Youth groups
- Sports Clubs
- Youth hostels and out-ward bound providers
List of current providers
HAF standards framework
If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the co-ordinators: