Nottinghamshire Schools Portal

Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Spring holiday 2024

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) launches today, ready for the first the first delivery period in Easter.   

HAF is the Department for Education funded programme offering FUNDED activities and food for children receiving benefits-related free school meals. These programmes run during the following school holidays: spring (Easter), summer, autumn (October) and Christmas holidays.  

Children aged between 5 – 16 years (reception aged 4 and year 11 inclusive) in receipt of benefits-related free school meals are eligible for free holiday activities and food. Please note: This is not a food voucher scheme; all activities happen face to face. 

Benefits of the programme for children during school holidays:  

  • eating healthily over the school holidays 
  • being active during the school holidays 
  • taking part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment 
  • being safe and not to be socially isolated 
  • having a greater knowledge of health and nutrition 
  • being more engaged with school and other local services.

Families with eligible children will need to use their unique HAF code when booking on to holiday clubs, this is taken at point of booking. If a child does not have a HAF code, parents/carers can apply for one here: Register for a HAF code | Nottinghamshire County Council.

You can find more information for both schools and parents/carers on the website: 
Holiday activities and food | Nottinghamshire County Council.

For more information or if you would like to deliver in your school, contact the HAF team at or the helpline on: 0115 9774 999 (line open 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday).