The HAF programme for summer 2022 has ended

The next HAF programme will run in the Christmas holidays from 3 to 6 January 2023.

Information for parents and carers

About the programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. It funds holiday activities which include food for children during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. We're working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations and childcare providers to deliver the programme across Stockport. You can find out more about the national HAF programme on the GOV.UK website.

Eligible children will be able to access:

  • up to 16, 4 hour sessions throughout the summer holidays
  • up to 4, 4 hour sessions through the Christmas holidays

There will be no cost to parents for the sessions.

Some clubs offer longer sessions and some provide specific sessions for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or additional needs.

Holiday clubs will be include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills. Children will also receive a nutritious meal each day.


To be eligible for a free place, children must receive benefits related free school meals.

If you think you might be eligible for benefits related free school meals, but do not currently claim them, you can find information about how to apply on our free school meals web page.

If you have any questions about the programme or if your child does not receive free school meals but you feel that you need to access a free place, you can email the HAF team on

How to find holiday activities

HAF funded holiday clubs and activities will be listed on the childcare directory. Each club will have details of how to sign up.

If you need help to find information or to sign up for clubs and activities, you can email

New clubs and activities will be added in the run up to the holidays. Check back another time if you cannot find anything suitable in your area.

Find activities

Support during February, May and October half term holidays

The HAF programme is not funded to provide holiday clubs over the half term holidays but other activities and support may be available to families. You can visit the Childcare Directory to find out what is available in your area. Please note that these are not HAF funded programmes so we cannot guarantee availability.

Families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. You can find information about help with childcare costs on the GOV.UK website.

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Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme