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Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme - Information for Providers and Professionals

Following the successful pilot Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme in 2021, the DfE announced that the HAF programme will continue for another three years.

Funds have been made available to every local authority in England to coordinate funded holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities, for children and young people in reception to year 11 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. The HAF programme operates for up to 4 hours per day, for up to 4 days. The programme will cover the Easter (Spring), Summer, and Christmas (Winter) holidays.

Vulnerable children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals can be referred for a place by their school or other professional or organisation working with the family. 

Read more about the HAF programme: Holiday activities and food programme 2022/23 - GOV.UK (

Help for Households 

With the cost of living increasing, you may wish to share with providers, partners and parents the following link to see what cost of living support families and children could be eligible for-? Help for households 

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