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Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

About the HAF programme for 2024, as well as videos from our 2021, 2022 and 2023 programme.

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There are free holiday club places available for children and young people eligible for free school meals. This opportunity is provided as part of the government's expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme being delivered across West Berkshire, which also covers the Christmas holidays.

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 being more engaged with school and other local services.

The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Check out our videos at the bottom of this page to learn more about what to expect at our HAF camps!!

Icon for pdf Click here for answers to our most commonly asked questions [142KB] .


Getting involved - HAF 2023/24

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Eligible children will be able to access sessions throughout the holidays, at no cost to you. The sessions will include a variety of fun and enriching physical activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. Nutritional resources will also be made available to children attending the sessions.

The holiday club places will be available for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week, six weeks per year: one week in the Easter holidays, four weeks in the summer holidays and one week in the winter break. See the Icon for pdf HAF Information Poster [1MB]  for full details. 

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To find out if your child is eligible and how to book a place, please contact your child's school or contact the HAF team.

Please find a list of schools and providers that offer HAF provision during the school holidays below and their respective booking links.


Bookings NOW OPEN for Summer HAF 2024!!

Please note that your eligibility for HAF holiday places will be independently verified upon booking. Sharing codes is not allowed!

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If you have any queries regarding the HAF programme, please contact our HAF Coordinator Hannah Lee via email

In addition to this programme, families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, dependent on the club attended. To find out more, please visit the 'Help paying for childcare' page on the GOV.UK website.

West Berkshire Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the HAF programme. The free places are funded by the Department for Education.

You can find more information on the national HAF programme on the GOV.UK website, here. You can also read more about the programme on the government's Education Hub blog, here.

For queries related to Free School Meals, please contact the dedicated Free Schools Meals team.

If you are a provider looking to apply to deliver HAF provision, please contact the HAF Coordinator Hannah Lee to discuss.

HAF 2021, 2022 and 2023

A montage of images of HAF activities during Summer 2021

Hundreds of children took part in HAF over holidays across West Berkshire. You can view our videos of the Easter and summer programmes using the links below:

Advice on living and eating well

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As part of the HAF programme we are sharing information and advice for parents on how to live well and eat well:

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