Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme 2023

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The Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme offers free holiday scheme places. It runs during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. Eligible primary and secondary school children and young people can attend. The Department for Education funds the HAF Programme.

The next HAF Programme will run between 3 – 14 April 2023 (excluding bank holidays).

Registered holiday schemes offer up to 16 hours of free attendance. They provide a range of fun experiences, a healthy meal and snacks.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Families receiving income-related free school meals (FSM)
  • Families where there FSM eligible and non-eligible children in the same household
  • Newly arrived refugee families
  • Families who are struggling financially (subject to referral from your child’s school)
  • Families supported by Social Care or Early Help Services (subject to referral from the service)

Making a booking:

  • Bookings opened on 27 February 2023. Our holiday scheme providers can be found on the HAF Provider Directory.
  • Families in receipt of FSM were sent an evoucher for each child by text and email, containing their booking code.
  • If your family meet one of the other eligibility criteria, contact the HAF team to request a booking code.

For Support:

Contact the Cambridgeshire HAF team:

Useful links:

Your child will be able eligible for income-related free school meals (and therefore eligible for a HAF programme place) if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (as from 1 April 2018)

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and normally receives Universal Infant Free School Meals, your child will not be eligible for income-related free school meals unless you make a successful claim via the Free School Meals webpage.

Children with Additional Needs or SEND

Our Cambridgeshire HAF Programme is available for all eligible children including those with additional needs or SEND. We advise all parents to book as early as possible with the holiday scheme of their choice to avoid disappointment. This is especially important for children who have additional needs or SEND. Booking early will enable the holiday scheme to work with parents or carers to understand and plan for any additional support needs a child may have. It is likely that providers will require at least 4 weeks notice prior to the scheme commencement.

The Community Support Service (CSS) supports children and young people who have moderate to severe learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex health needs. To access CSS (including CamPlay) your child will need an assessment from Disabled Children’s Social Care which identifies eligibility for these services, your social worker will refer you.

Summer HAF programme

Our summer HAF Programme was a huge success. Please watch our video below to see what some of the children enjoyed at the holiday playschemes they attended.

How we use personal data

The Council will match name, date of birth and school data with information held about free school meal eligible children to identify families who may be eligible to benefit from the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme. You can find further details about how we use personal data, and your rights. 

Information for providers can be found on our Learn-together website.

Cambridgeshire County Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to launch the HAF programme. The sessions are fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Visit the government website for more information on the national programme.