Who Is The HAF Programme For?

Modified on Tue, 21 Jun 2022 at 01:47 PM


Who Is The HAF Programme For?


This holiday provision is for children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Local authorities are asked to ensure that the offer of free holiday club provision is available for all children eligible for and in receipt of free school meals in their area. This does not mean they are all required to attend as the provision is voluntary.

The free holiday club places must be targeted at children who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals.

We also encourage local authorities to make the holiday clubs available to any children not eligible for and in receipt of free school meals, who can pay to attend. This might be through operating:

  1. bespoke provision

  2. as part of already existing holiday provision in the area

  3. a mixed arrangement depending on the local supply and demand for provision

Other children and families with need

Local authorities must get written approval from us to use their funding to provide free or subsidised holiday club places for children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

We’ll consider requests to use up to 15% of your programme funding to provide places for children who are considered by the local authority as vulnerable or in need of this provision. This may include, for example:

  • children assessed as being in need

  • looked-after children

  • children with an EHC plan (education, health and care)

  • children assessed as otherwise vulnerable

  • children living in areas of high deprivation



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