Schools and professionals

The aim of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is to support children to eat healthily and be active during the school holidays. The programme also encourages children and young people to have a greater understanding of health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with their school and other local services.

Further information for schools and professionals

Who is this programme for?

Children aged 5-16 years (including 4-year-olds if in Reception) who are eligible for and receiving benefit related free school meals. Children and young people will require a unique HAF code, which can be found in their personal Synergy record . HAF codes can also be obtained by contacting the HAF team at the details below.

Synergy guidance

You can find guidance on how to access your unique HAF code in the document below.

Available funds for vulnerable children, young people and families

The Department for Education has also granted funds to be used to reach children, young people and families who are considered vulnerable. 15% of providers funding can be used towards offering free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

 Access to the 15% would be discussed on a one-to-one basis.

How do our school children or children we work with, access the programme?

We have written to all Nottinghamshire schools with a link to an online application portal. If your school has not received this, please contact us at or contact the team via our helpline 0115 9774 999 (open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday).

If your school activity provider wants to apply on behalf of your school, please direct them to the applications portal where they can also find application guidance.

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