The Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF) is a government funded holiday camp offering free childcare with a free meal for any child who is eligible for benefit related free school meals. Organisations offering HAF sessions are also likely to offer other sessions in addition so do look at them individually as well.
The government have funded the programme in Bath and North East Somerset for the next three years and Activate are the lead provider.
Activate Your Holiday programmes will be delivered across Bath and North East Somerset by a variety of local and national partners. Each provider offers different opportunities and activities so please do look out for what best suits your child!
There will be multi activity, dance and theatre, sports and play camps, along with teenage and SEND specific providers all with experience in delivering high quality holiday camps. There will also be some “roadshows” popping up across the area for the odd day and family drop-in sessions.
This holiday provision is for 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.
Local authorities have discretion to use up to 15% of their funding to provide free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of benfits-related free school meals but who the local authority believe could benefit from HAF provision.