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

Applications to be an activity provider for the Summer 2022 HAF Programme are now closed.

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

Funds have been made available to every local authority in England to coordinate free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities. The programme will cover the Easter (Spring), Summer, and Christmas (Winter) holidays.

The funding for the HAF programme is for children & young people in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. 

The Summer HAF programme will run between the 1st and 26th August 2022 for children and young people in reception to year 11 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals to access free holiday activities for up to 4 hours per day, for up to 4 days and receive a nutritious meal. 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 - GOV.UK (

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