West Berkshire Council

Holiday Activities and Food Programme

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There are free 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 in 2021. 

The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school-aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. Hundreds of children took part over the Easter holidays across West Berkshire.

Hungerford Primary School's video

Whitelands Park Primary School's video


Children, aged 5 to 16, will be able to access 16 days of sessions throughout the summer holidays, at no cost to you. The sessions will include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. Marcus Rashford has made a video about the HAF programme.

To find out if your child is eligible for a place this summer and how to book a place, or if you have any questions, please contact your child's school.

In addition to this programme, families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. Please visit Help With Childcare Costs (gov.uk) to find out more. 

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. Visit the government website for more information on the national programme.


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

Find your healthier you - videos and recipes from the British Nutrition Foundation

Full Time Meals - cook along on Facebook with chef Tom Kerridge and Marcus Rashford

Change4Life - eat well and move more recipe ideas, 10-minute shake ups and much more