West Berkshire Council

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

About the HAF programme for 2022 as well as videos from our 2021 programme

There are free holiday club places available for children and young people eligible for free school meals. This opportunity is provided as part of the government's expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme being delivered across West Berkshire, which also covers the Christmas holidays.

The aim of the HAF programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition, as well as being more engaged with school and other local services.

The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Getting Involved - HAF 2022

Children will be able to access sessions throughout the holidays, at no cost to you. The sessions will include a variety of fun and enriching physical activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. Nutritional resources will also be made available to children attending the sessions.

The holiday club places will be available for the equivalent of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, 6 weeks per year: 1 week in the Easter Holidays, 4 weeks in the Summer Holidays and 1 week in the Winter break.

To find out if your child is eligible and how to book a place, please contact your child's school.

Please find a list of schools and providers that typically offer HAF provision during the school holidays, below:

  • Berkshire Youth - waterside primary
  • Berkshire Youth - waterside secondary
  • Community Youth Project - Greenham
  • Hungerford Youth - secondary
  • Calcot Schools
  • Hungerford Primary
  • Lambourn Primary
  • Springfield Primary
  • St John's
  • St Nicolas C.E. Junior
  • Thatcham Park Primary
  • The Winchcombe Primary
  • Burghfield Schools
  • Kennet Valley
  • Falkland
  • Whitelands Primary
  • Long Lane
  • Francis Bailey
  • Spurcroft Primary School and Nursery
  • Go Beanies
  • Beale Park (Limited places)                                                            

If you have any queries regarding the HAF programme, please call our HAF Coordinator Hannah Lee on 01635 519084.

In addition to this programme, families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, dependent on the club attended. To find out more, please visit the 'Help paying for childcare' page on the GOV.UK website.

West Berkshire Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the HAF programme. The free places are funded by the Department for Education.

You can find more information on the national HAF programme on the GOV.UK website, here. You can also read more about the programme on the government's Education Hub blog, here.


HAF 2021

HAF21 Summer
HAF21 Summer

Hundreds of children took part in HAF 2021 over the Easter and summer holidays across West Berkshire. You can view our videos of the Easter and summer programmes using the links below:


Advice on Living and Eating Well

As part of the HAF programme we are sharing information and advice for parents on how to live well and eat well: