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Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme 2024 in Suffolk

The Holiday Activity & Food (HAF) Programme is funded through The Department for Education.

HAF enables children and young people to access enriching and fun activities, particularly those who receive free school meals. (If you think that your child may be eligible for benefit related free school meals please check and apply here: Apply for free school meals - Suffolk County Council)

The holiday activities allow children & young people to have fun with friends during the  Easter, Summer & Christmas school holiday periods.

In order to book onto these activities, guardians of eligible children will need to book spaces though directly contacting the provider via EEQU . Schools will not be providing the Wonde codes for eligibility for this holiday. Providers will complete their own eligibility checks.

Who is eligible and what do I need to access the programme

To be eligible for a HAF place, your child must be registered as eligible for Benefit related Free School Meals even if they are already in receipt of reception, year 1 & 2 free school meal via the universal offer.

Being registered for benefit related free school meals, is more than just a meal.  If you are eligible, we would encourage you to make sure that you register for free school meals even if your child is in reception, year 1 or 2 and receives the universal meal offer, as it opens the following benefits to your child and their school:

  • your child will receive a choice of meals at school free of charge
  • Your child’s school will receive additional funding to provide support that pupils may need
  • It enables you to access free school holidays activities at Easter, Summer and Christmas through The Suffolk Holiday Activity & Food (HAF) Programme
  • It enables you to access and be notified of any other school holiday support from the government if funding is made available. 

If you think that your child/children may be eligible for means tested free school meals you can check to see if you qualify and apply through Apply for free school meals 

Other wellbeing Support

TheSource - for young people in Suffolk

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Wellbeing Education Website

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Who to Contact in a Mental Health Crisis…


If it is a life threatening emergency 

NHS 111 and press option 2

If not life-threatening


Call 0800 1111 (available 24/7)


Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer (available 24/7)

The Samaritans

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Information for Activity Providers

If you would like to apply for funding to be part of the delivery of HAF 2024 in Suffolk please make sure that you are registered on Suffolk Sourcing using the following link...

Further guidance (currently 2023's version) about the programme can be found on Holiday activities and food programme 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Managing Challenging Behaviour – Supporting Holiday Activity Provision

After the successful up take and positive feedback from the earlier run Managing Challenging Behaviour workshop (which supported the Holiday Activity Provision), we would like to offer those who missed out, further sessions have been arragend.  The online workshop takes a looks at ways to manage what is often seen as challenging behaviour.

• To plan a proactive way to prevent challenging behaviour.
• Provide an insight into some of the reasons challenging behaviour you may experience.
• To develop a shared approach to managing behaviour within activities.
• To look at preventive strategies, de-escalation and managing crisis.
• Explore what to do after an incident, expression of challenging behaviour in order to repair & rebuild relationships.

Date and booking:

New dates coming soon

Venue: online, link will be sent prior to workshop

Any questions or queries please contact HAFenquiries@suffolk.gov.uk 


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