Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)

Information about the holiday activities and food (HAF) programme, how to apply for funding, how to book onto events and more


  1. Overview
  2. Information for providers
  3. Information for parents and carers
  4. Annual reports
  5. Research and good practice
Arcade (HAF)
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South Marine play (HAF)
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Tennis (HAF)


The Department for Education (DfE) has provided grant funding to all local authorities in England, to co-ordinate free holiday provision for children and young people entitled to benefit-related free school meals. 

This is known as the holiday activities and food (HAF) programme. For information about the programme, visit GOV.UK: Holiday activities and food programme.

South Tyneside Council has received £750,000 and has around 6,700 children and young people that are eligible for support.

The HAF programme has 6 key objectives for children:

  • To eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • To be more active during the school holidays
  • To take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • To be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • To have greater knowledge of health nutrition
  • To be more engaged with schools and other local services

Information for providers

Find out how you can apply for HAF funding, the type of bids you can make and the next steps once you application has been approved or refused.

Information for providers

Information for parents and carers

Children and young people who are eligible for benefit related free school meals in South Tyneside can attend free activity sessions throughout 2024.

Information for parents and carers

University researchers are currently looking for parents of children eligible for Free School Meals to guide research on families' experiences of holiday clubs.

To find out more you can visit the project webpage or email Marie Murphy at

Annual reports

View the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Annual report for 2022-2023.

Research and good practice