Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Our HAF programme is open to school-aged children (reception to year 11) who receive benefits-related free school meals.

In this section:
Information for parents

Information for parents

Through our programme of healthy food and fun activities, children and young people can develop new skills, take part in creative and physical activities, learn about food and cooking, and enjoy free nutritious meals each day.

    Does my child qualify for the HAF programme?

    Our holiday programme is open to school-aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals

    Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

    Our providers can use up to 15% of their funding towards providing free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals but meet 1 of the following criteria: 

    • children assessed by the local authority as being in need, at risk or vulnerable 
    • young carers 
    • looked-after children or previously looked after children 
    • children with an education, health and care plan 
    • children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion 

    Important: Our providers aren't obliged to provide places for the above children and young people. If you feel that your child meets the criteria above, please email our HAF coordinator at hafprogramme@hillingdon.gov.uk to discuss access to a place on the programme. Additionally, not all activity providers will be able to accommodate the full age range of the programme. Please check with the provider what age group is appropriate to their activity. 

    Details of our next (summer) HAF programme will be added to this page once finalised.


    If you have any general questions about our HAF programme, please email hafprogramme@hillingdon.gov.uk or call Marie Fleming on 07908 798471.