Holiday Activity and Food (HAF)


Schools, colleges and education settings can find information and resources, including links to DfE guidance to support provision during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Holiday fun and food is part of a national programme (Holiday Activity and Food) funded by the Department for Education.
Funds are available to every local authority in England to coordinate free holiday provision. It is available for children who receive free school meals (aged 5-16, Reception to Year 11). The programme includes healthy food and rich activities.
Children’s Services are leading on this programme in East Sussex. We are being supported by our Hastings Opportunity Area colleagues.
After a successful pilot during the Easter break we were able to offer a varied and exciting programme during the summer 2021. We are now building on this success to develop a Christmas offer.
We are not looking for just one provider. The development, delivery and coordination of the programme is a collective effort. We welcome participation from schools, businesses, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 
We want to hear from providers and/or schools who can deliver:
  • holiday activities and a nutritional meal during Christmas holidays
  • for at least four hours a day over any four days of the holiday 
If you can, then please submit an expression of interest.
The deadline for submissions for Christmas 2021 is the Friday 1 October.
We are available to help support providers and schools develop their provision.
If you have any questions, or want to discuss a potential provision, please contact the team: