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Holiday activities and food programme

Days until our HAF Summer programme begins

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

The aim of the programme is to:

  • support children to eat healthier and be more active over the school holidays
  • give children a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • enable children to become more engaged with school and other local services.

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. Children are also eligible if:

  • they are in receipt of a support plan via Early Help, Child In Need or Children We Look After
  • they have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • they receive additional hours at school

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
  • SE - SEND Expertise: solely for children and young people with SEND and their families (complex additional needs)
  • F - Family Friendly: accessible for all families.

HAF Summer Programme

The summer Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) will be running from Monday 22 July to 30 August 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 Summer 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.

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Last modified on 15 July 2024