Getting a HAF code

Research has shown that school holidays can be difficult for some families. For some children this can lead to an experience gap where they are less likely to access organised holiday activities and more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition, physical health and social isolation. The HAF Programme aims to reduce this gap by supporting children eligible for benefits-related FSM.

If your child/young person is eligible for benefits-tested free school meals and in full time education (from Reception – Year 11) you can apply for their unique HAF code:

Apply for a HAF code

This HAF code is valid for the academic year 23/24 so can be used for Winter, Spring and Summer HAF.

If your child receives a free meal under universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) policy, you must also be eligible for, and have an active claim for, benefits-related free school meals to be able to access a free place on the HAF programme.

Families not eligible for HAF may be able to book a paid place at a HAF club. Please contact your chosen provider to find out if they offer paid places.

If you’ve misplaced your child’s HAF code, please email with their full name and date of birth, as well as their current school, and we can send you a reminder.