Families, parents and carers

What can I access for my children and family?

All eligible children and young people will be able to access four hours of activity, including a meal for each day of the programme. Attendance is voluntary, but places will need to be booked in advance. The offer will differ between providers, but all programmes will offer a minimum of four hours provision with a meal.

Who is eligible?

The Holiday Activity and Food programme is open to children and young people aged between 5 – 16 years and in receipt of benefits related free school meals. If you think you are eligible for free school meals but not currently in receipt, you can apply for free school meals here.

We are also able to fund those that are not eligible for benefits related free school meals but have a low household income and would be socially excluded without the support of this programme. This would be discussed on a one-to-one basis and would cover the following criteria:

  • children assessed by the local authority as being in need, at risk or vulnerable (for example, children on a Child Protection Plan, Children in Need or on an Early Help plan)
  • young carers
  • looked-after children or previously looked after children
  • children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion
  • children living in areas of high deprivation or from low-income households who are not in receipt of free school meals
  • children in transition phases between nursery and primary school or primary and secondary school

How you can get involved

Visit our activities and venues page to see a full list of activities available across the county. You can simply click on the area where you live to see what's on offer in your local area and booking details will also be listed.

Families can also contact our customer service centre on 0300 500 80 80.


If your child requires assistance for the activity, please contact the provider to discuss further – you may be welcome to attend with your child or the activity provider may offer extra support for your child. We also have specific Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision, please discuss with the provider of the activity on booking.

We ask that children and young people dress appropriately for the activity they are doing on the day. If the activity is outdoors, please remember to bring a waterproof coat and something warm. It is advised to please also bring a water bottle, however drinks will also be available from the provider.

Yes. As part of every Nottinghamshire Holiday Activities and Food programme, refreshments and a meal will be provided free to each child and young person attending.

Please mention at the time of booking, any dietary requirements your child has. We will endeavour to meet all dietary needs.

Unfortunately we cannot offer transport to each person wanting to take part in an activity. Where residents live in a rural locality we will aim to support travel, but this will be considered on a one to one basis and by application. Please contact us via haf@nottscc.gov.uk.

All of our providers are DBS checked and OfSted registered where required (under 8 provision). There are a number of checks that providers must pass to be a deliverer of the programme, to ensure your child is in the safest of hands.

At the time of booking we will ask for an emergency contact number where an appropriate adult can be reached. Please ensure that this number is current and active whilst your child is at their chosen activity.

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