Summer Holiday HAF 2022 

To register for your HAF booking code complete a HAF booking code request form.  

We aim to send unique HAF codes within two working days.

Find activities for the summer holiday on our Summer HAF events calendar and book only the sessions you know you’ll need. The calendar will be live on Tuesday 14 June 2022. 

You'll need your HAF booking code to be able to book HAF activities.  

HAF programmes are also running in East and West Sussex, with information available here: 

What HAF provides

The HAF programme is free to school-aged children who are in Reception to year 11 and receive benefits-related free school meals.  

HAF provides a programme of free activities during the school Easter, Summer, and Christmas holidays. This includes everything from sports, arts, and music to personal development, and more.  

Children and young people also receive a free balanced meal as part of their day. 

This film has been created to spread the word about the Government’s £220million Holiday Activities and Food Programme to encourage parents to sign up, with the support of Marcus Rashford, MBE.

Who's eligible for HAF

As well as being for children and young people in Reception to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals, there are also places for:  

  • those with a social worker 
  • looked after children or those who were previously looked-after 
  • young carers  
  • children and young people with an education, health and care plan 
  • those referred by the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS), including asylum seekers, refugees, and those with no recourse to public funds 

"A lady and a girl outside holding a brown chicken"

How to get involved in HAF? 

Children and young people who are in Reception to year 11 and meet at least one of the qualifying criteria, should complete a HAF booking code request form. We aim to send unique HAF codes within two working days.

The form takes about 3 minutes to complete, and a separate form is needed for each child.

Once eligibility is checked, you should receive an email and/or text message with the child’s HAF booking code. Keep this code safe, as you'll be able to use it to book HAF places in other holidays during the academic year. You can book directly with activity providers using your code.

A list of the different activities and booking details are on the Summer HAF events calendar.  

Only book what you will attend as we want as many children and young people as possible to benefit from HAF. If you do not attend sessions you have booked it may mean you will not be able to book in the future. 

If you haven't signed up to receive HAF updates please send an email to and we will add you to the list. If you want us to stop sending you emails , please ask and we will delete your contact details from the distribution list.

Inclusion funding for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

Find out about inclusion funding for disabled children or those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This can provide additional support for children with SEND to attend Ofsted-registered childcare and HAF activities.  

Help and support factsheet

We know the school holidays can be expensive for some families. You can find help and support for your family or send an email to our Family Information Service, or phone 01273 29 35 45.

If you're a holiday activity, playscheme or club provider 

We want to work with activity and food providers in the city, to make the holidays healthy and fun for all children and young people. 

If you'd like to provide activities as part of HAF 2022 send an email to