What is the Holiday Activities and Food programme?

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) is funded by the Department for Education. The programme aims to support the wellbeing of children aged between 5 to 16 years focussing on physical and mental wellbeing by providing a variety of activities during school holidays.

Local activity providers run face to face sessions that are FREE to children and young people aged 5 to16 years and receiving benefits-related free school meals. There are also places available to families with low income – and to children and young people who may face social isolation without the support of HAF - these places are granted on an individual basis.

Included in each session is a meal, this may be breakfast or lunch depending on the programme offered.

The aims of Nottinghamshire Holiday Activities and Food programme:

  • to support children to eat healthily
  • to support children to active during school holidays
  • to support children in their understanding of health and nutrition
  • to support families to be engaged with local support services.

To learn more about the Holiday Activities and Food programme, please see the HAF annual report 2022 to 2023.

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