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Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Summer 2022

HAF is back this Summer!

Bedford Borough Council has received funding from the Department for Education to provide an exciting range of opportunities for children and young people in receipt of income related Free School Meals (FSM). All activities are FREE of charge with lunches provided for all eligible children.

Children in reciept of benefit related free school meals are eligible for the HAF Programme. Not to be confused with the 'universal infant free school meals' as we know this can cuase some confusion. Children up to school year 3 automatically recieve universal free school meals, but children must also be registered for benefit related free school meals. For more information and to view eligibility criteria, please click here.

Other children who are automatically eligible for the HAF programme include the following: Looked after Children, refugees and asylum seekers and children from families with no recourse to public funding. There will be a referral process in place for these children and referrals can be made by Schools and Children's services professionals.

For Summer 2022 we have a new booking process in place and all activities need to be booked through our centralised booking system.

From 24th June, all parents/carers of eligible children will be sent a unique booking code and link for each child, via email. This code can then be used to access the booking system and you can choose which activities and clubs you wish to book. 

Each child will have a total of 16 credits, which will enable them to access up to 16 different HAF sessions accross all of our providers this Summer.

Voucher codes are managed by schools - If you have not received your voucher code by the end of June, or have any issues, please contact your child's school directly.

We have a range of different activities and clubs on offer, running every every day of the Summer Holidays, all over Bedford Borough. Some of these activities include:

  • Multi sport
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Roller sports
  • Outdoor adventure
  • Football
  • Parkour
  • Multi activity

Click here to see informatin about our providers this Summer.

We also have a range of SEND clubs and activities on offer, aimed specifically at children with additional needs. For some of our family SEND activities, children do not need to be eligible for free school meals. Click here to find out more about these sessions.

You can find out more about the country wide HAF programme on the Department for Education's website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/holiday-activities-and-food-programme/holiday-activities-and-food-programme-2021