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Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) information for providers

What is the HAF Programme?

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is Department for Education funded to offer free holiday clubs to eligible children and young people.

Research has shown that the school holidays can be pressure points for some families. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap. Children from low-income households are:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  •  more likely to experience social isolation

The HAF programme is a response to this issue. Evidence shows that free holiday clubs can have a positive impact on children and young people. They work best when they:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch
  • involve children and parents in food preparation
  • use local partnerships and connections, particularly with the VCSO sector

Basic Checklist for Providers (see individual pages for each details of each requirement). All lead providers should meet all of the following:

  • Healthy meal and snacks (hot meal where possible), all meals must meet school healthy food guidelines.
  • At least 1hr physical activity each day in a way that is accessible and enjoyable for all children.
  • Opportunity every day to take part in other enriching activities or experiences non-sport based (arts, crafts, learning, life skills, leadership etc)
  • Nutritional education for children and young people, either through workshops or opportunities to be involved in preparation and planning of meals to teach healthy eating and food independence.
  • Nutritional education for families; involvement, encouragement or workshops where relevant.
  • Safeguarding – see ‘Safeguarding Requirements’ page
  • Reporting requirements
  • FSM Verification Requirements