Holiday Activities and Food Programme

28 May 2021
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Summer Holidays - Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Bookings open on the 7 June

Please see the ‘How do I book a place?’ section for more information on booking your funded places for the Summer holidays.

The programme is aimed at providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. Please check the ‘Is my child eligible?’ section before contacting a provider to book your place.

During the Summer holidays, eligible children will be able to access four, four-hour sessions for four weeks of the holiday, at no cost to you. The sessions will include a healthy meal and a variety of exciting activities and sports.

Is my child eligible?

Your child will be able to access a HAF funded place if you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • 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 normally receives Universal Infant Free School Meals (in Reception, Y1 and Y2) but you do not meet the criteria for 'income-related Free School Meals', your child will not be eligible for a HAF funded place during the summer holiday.

If you think that your child is eligible for a income-related Free School Meal under the above criteria, but you have not yet registered, please go to to apply.

How do I book a place?

The HAF Provider Directory below, provides a comprehensive list of all the early years and childcare providers in Cambridgeshire offering HAF funded places.

  1. Before you contact your preferred provider, you must email the HAF Team at providing your child’s name, date of birth and the school that they attend. We will then send you your unique booking reference number.

  2. You can then contact your preferred provider, using the contact details in the HAF Provider Directory. When you book your place, you will be asked to complete a parent/carer eligibility check declaration form. You must ensure that you include your unique booking reference number on that declaration form.

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. Further details about how we use personal data, and your rights regarding this, can be found at

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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.