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Holiday activities and food programme

Funded by the Department for Education, our FREE holiday activities and food (HAF) programme has been a huge success, providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school-aged children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

The aim of the 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. The video to the right gives an overview of the HAF programme.

Is my child eligible?

The HAF programme is primarily for children aged 4-18 years who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals (FSM), and their families. Children who are in receipt of a support plan via Early Help, Child In Need or Children We Look After, EHCP, or if your child receives additional hours at school then you are also eligible for the HAF programme. 

Please note that not all activity providers will be able to accommodate the full age range of the programme. Please check with the provider what age group is appropriate to their activity.

How do we access the programme?

To access the programme, simply book a place through one of the providers we list. Please note that booking details differ depending on each provider.

Do you have provision for children with SEND?

We have SEND specific and SEND accessible activities for children across the programme. Look out for this key guide:

SS - SEND Specific: solely for children and young people with SEND and their families.

S - SEND Friendly: venue or event where providers have general SEND awareness and small adjustments can be made. 

SA - SEND Accessible: physically accessible venue or event.

F - Family Friendly: accessible for all families.

HAF Easter Programme

The Easter Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) will be running from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 12 April for all eligible children, young people, and families. You can book your place directly with the session providers. Places are subject to availability.

Find out more about the HAF Easter Programme 2024

 

What do our children, young people and their parent/carers have to say about HAF?

Watch the video to the right to hear some of the feedback we've received from those who have taken part in HAF activities.

 

HAF funded by DfE

Contact us

For any enquiries relating to our HAF programme please email holidayfun@sthelens.gov.uk or call Central Link Children's Centre on 01744 673445.