Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme 2022

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The Cambridgeshire Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers holiday scheme places for free during the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays to primary and secondary school children receiving income-related free school meals.

Eligible children can attend a participating summer holiday scheme for up to 64 hours for no charge. Every holiday scheme will provide a healthy lunch and snacks along with a variety of fun experiences.

A voucher, which includes a 16-digit eligibility code, was sent by email and/or text on Monday 13 June 2022 from

The HAF Team are happy to answer any questions, please email:

Families eligible for income-related free school meals may also be able to access:


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 Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Our Cambridgeshire HAF holiday schemes offer places to all eligible children including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. In order to ensure a smooth transition on your child’s first day of attendance, please ensure all relevant information about your their needs are provided in advance to the holiday scheme provider so they can work with you to ensure their individual requirements are met. Please note that spaces are not guaranteed but are subject to availability when you book.

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 2021 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. Further details about how we use personal data, and your rights regarding this, can be found at

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.