Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2022
HAF is back this December!
What is HAF?
The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) is a nation-wide programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), enabling statutory school aged children in receipt of benefit related free school meals, to access FREE clubs and activities during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays. Every eligible child receives a free hot meal, at every HAF activity session they attend. We want as many children as possible to be active, eat healthily, stay safe and HAVE FUN during the school holidays.
MoreLife are supporting some of the HAF programmes in Bedford. Alongside this they are offering free, fun and interactive activity packs to families all about making healthy lifestyle changes. If you would like access to these activity packs, fill in the survey here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/freeMLresources/ and a member of the MoreLife team will be in contact with you.
Who is Eligible?
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 apply, 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.
How to book
For the Christmas holidays we have a digital booking process in place and all activities need to be booked through our centralised booking system - E-Vouchers.
From 10th November, all parents/carers of eligible children will be sent a unique booking code and link for each child from E-Vouchers, 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 4 credits, which will enable them to access up to 4 different HAF sessions across all of our providers during the Christmas holidays.
Voucher codes are managed by schools - If you have not received your voucher code by the 11th November, or have any issues, please contact your child's school directly.
PLEASE NOTE: Providers will not be able to take bookings directly. All bookings must be made through our digital system, using your child's unique voucher code.
**New Provider added**
We have a range of different activities and clubs running during the Christmas holidays, across Bedford Borough. Some of these activities include:
- Multi sport
- Arts and Crafts
- Roller sports
- Outdoor adventure
- Multi activity
CLICK HERE for a full list of our clubs & to see what's on off this December
Children with SEND:
At Bedford Borough, we aim to make our HAF Programme as accessible and inclusive as possible. Children with varying levels of SEND are welcome at all of our HAF activities. Please ensure to let providers know, if you child requires any additional assistance.
We have a limited number of SEND specific sessions available at one of our outdoor adventure clubs this December. Details will be on the digital booking portal, accessible once you have received your voucher code.
HAF SEND Family PANTO Experience
Due to popular demand, this event is now fully booked and we are unable to issue anymore tickets
In partnership with the Corn Exchange, Bedford Borough's Holiday Activities and Food Programme, are excited to offer families with Special Educational Needs and / or a Disability (SEND) a PANTO experience. This includes a relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast pantomime, followed by a buffet dining experience in the Corn Exchange function rooms.
Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available. Book now to avoid disappointment.
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