HAF eligibility

This holiday provision is for school aged children 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 the claim verified by Warwickshire County Council (WCC).

Apply for free school meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in England’s state-funded schools receive a free meal under the Department for Education (DfE) universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) policy. Infant pupils who receive a free meal under UIFSM must also be eligible for benefits related FSM to be able to access a place on the HAF programme.

Within Warwickshire, we can also allocate a limited amount HAF codes to children who are not in receipt of benefits related free school meals but could benefit from HAF provision. This is where a family is facing a significant financial barrier and meet one of these categories:

  • Children with an allocated social worker or family support worker
  • Young carers
  • Those with an open early help plan

Your allocated worker can apply for a code by completing a referral form which will have been sent internally or is available from hafprogramme@warwickshire.gov.uk on request. Unfortunately, we can’t process code requests directly from families.

This process will likely change throughout the academic year for each delivery period so is subject to change. HAF codes for families not receiving free school meals are only valid for one delivery period and not the academic year.

HAF entitlement

We work with a range of local activity providers to establish funded places with a healthy meal provision for eligible children during Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays. Unfortunately, the HAF programme does not run at half term holidays although we look to signpost trowards potential activities acoss Warwickshire through the Children and families webpages. WCC - Children and families

Eligible children can access four days/sessions of free HAF funded provision in the Easter school holidays, 16 days/sessions of provision in the school Summer holidays and four days/sessions of provision in the Christmas school holidays. A session is normally a minimum of four hour inclusive of a food provision but activity times/duration vary with each provider.

What is a HAF code and what to if you don't have a HAF code or have lost it

A HAF code is a code that is uniquely allocated to each eligible child for the HAF programme. Parents/carers of eligible children will have to complete a brief online form to request a HAF code each academic year to ensure we have the correct contact details of where to send the code via email or a text message. For the 22/23 academic year, the HAF codes will stay the same for young people to use at Christmas, Easter & Summer so codes will last the whole academic year. You can always get in contact with us if you do misplace your code.

Example HAF activities

We are working with local providers across the county to offer eligible families a holiday programme that has a variety of fun, engaging and enriching activities. These include activities such as dance classes, multi sports clubs, drama classes, arts and crafts, animal care and much more. All activities are inclusive and this year we are starting to advertise SEND specific activities also within the HAF programme. HAF providers are also able to request additional funds for one to one support if this is required, however this is dependent upon the availability and suitability of staff and may not always be possible.

How to book HAF activities

All activity listings will be located through WCC's Children and families webpage. WCC - Children and families

For Christmas activities, we are hoping to publish activity listings from Monday 21 November. All bookings are direct with the activity provider, with the unique HAF code provided required as part of the booking process. Bookings will not be accepted without an eligible code, with verification through the email/text message received. All provider contact details will be listed and available from the above dates. We will provide updates on when bookings for Easter and Summer activities will begin to commence.

How can you help the HAF programme?

If you are eligible and make bookings with HAF providers, we hope that young people have a great time! If for any reason that you are then unable to make the booking, then please contact the activity provider as soon as possible so the booking can be cancelled. Places can then be re-issued as we often have waiting lists for each activity, so it enables more young people to access a HAF provider in each holiday period.

Contact details

If you have any questions on the HAF programme, then please contact the Warwickshire HAF team on hafprogramme@warwickshire.gov.uk or through the Family Information Service helpline on 01926 742 274.