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Ealing Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme Overview

We are delighted to be delivering in the London Borough of Ealing the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme which is being funded by the Department for Education. Funds have been made available to provide free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities for children and young people in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

The programme will cover the Easter, Summer, and Christmas holidays in 2021. For a minimum of 1 week at Easter, 1 week at Christmas and 4 weeks in the Summer of 2021, for 4 hours per day, 4 days per week.

Throughout the borough, HAF providers will be offering a range of free activities as well as a healthy meal.

Please see below our FAQ.

Who can take part in the programme?

This programme is aimed at children and young people in school from reception to Y11 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals and live in the London Borough of Ealing.

If you are currently not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, but think you may be eligible, you can visit  Free School Meals |  Ealing Directory (ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk) to find out more and apply.

I don’t know if my children are eligible?

If you are currently not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, but think you may be eligible, you can visit  Free School Meals |  Ealing Directory (ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk) to find out more and apply.

How do I sign up to the HAF programme?

If your child is eligible, they will receive a lHAF codeTo book, please visit our bookings page, where you will be able to see what HAF activitie are running and sign up with any of your chosen HAF providers. You will need the code as proof of eligibility when registering.

Information on how to book

Please visit our bookings page to watch a video tutorial on how to use the online booking system Bookings Support |  Ealing Directory (ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk).

I am trying to book on to a HAF provision but don’t know where to put the HAF code?

When registering onto the booking site, you will be asked to provide the code as you fill in the registration form. This is your proof of eligibility.

I have registered on to the booking site, but I can’t book my child onto any of the events?

Only children in receipt of benefits-related free school meals are eligible. If you have selected “No” when asked if your child is eligible for free school meals when registering, and you have not been given a HAF code, your child is not HAF eligible and they will not be able to book on. If you require further support, please email HAf@ealing.gov.uk.

I am putting in the code when booking but it is not working?

Please email HAF@ealing.gov.uk explaining the error message you are getting. 

I booked HAF provision and have been charged?

Unless you have arranged with the provider to attend more hours that the HAF programme is offering, your attendance to HAF activities should be free of charge. If you still believe you are being charged, please email HAf@ealing.gov.uk for assistance. 

My child hasn’t received a code but is eligible for benefits-related free school meals?

Please email HAF@ealing.gov.uk with the following details, clearly stating in the subject line: Missing Code - Eligible 

Child’s Full Name: 

Date of Birth: 

School: 

Parents Email Address: 

One sibling has received a code but the other hasn’t?

If the sibling is in school from reception to Y11, they can use the same code given to the child who has already received theirs. If they are younger than reception age, they may be able to attend HAF provision if the HAF provider is able to accommodate the age of the child

This will need to be discussed directly with your chosen HAF providers. If approved, the eligible child’s code can be used for the younger sibling.


My child attends an out of borough school and has not received a HAF code, but they have siblings who attend an Ealing school and did receive a HAF code?

The same code can be used that was given to the eligible child attending an Ealing school.

My child attends an out of borough school and has not received a HAF code, but I am in receipt of benefits-related free school meals?

Please email HAF@ealing.gov.uk with the following details, clearly stating in the subject line: Missing code – Out of Borough School 

Child’s Full Name:

Date of Birth: 

School: 

Parents Email Address: 

Can younger siblings of nursery-age children attend the HAF programme?

The HAF programme is aimed at children in reception to Year 11. However, it does state in the guidance that if there is a younger sibling they could attend HAF provision if the HAF provider is able to accommodate the age of the child

This will need to be discussed directly with your chosen HAF providers. If approved, the eligible child’s code can be used for the younger sibling.

My child is in reception / Y1 / Y2 and in receipt of free school meals but I didn’t get a code?

All children in reception, Y1, and Y2 are eligible for free school meals. The HAF programme is aimed at children on benefits-related free school meals. If you are currently not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, but think you may be eligible, you can visit  Free School Meals |  Ealing Directory (ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk) to find out more and apply.

My Y11 child was eligible for the HAF programme in the summer, but they have now finished school – can they access future HAF programmes?

No. The HAF programme is aimed at children in reception to Year 11 who are currently receiving benefits-related free school meals.

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