Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2024 

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Welcome to the Cheshire East Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme. We are really pleased that you are visiting our HAF  page.

A number of local schools, holiday club providers, community and voluntary organisations work with Cheshire East Council to provide the Cheshire East HAF programme. Our aim is to give children and young people the chance to have healthy happy holidays so they can:

  • be more active
  • develop and learn
  • socialise, have fun and be happy
  • get a tasty nutritious meal
  • work together and stay safe

Children and young people will be able to take part in a variety of fun and exciting activities, including arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking and baking, performing arts, health and well-being sessions, gardening, animal care, days out and much more!

Eligibility criteria

The HAF programme is funded nationally by the Department for Education. The Cheshire East HAF programme enables children and young people who live in Cheshire East and/or attend a Cheshire East school who are in receipt of income/benefits-related free school meals to attend free activities during the main school Easter, summer and winter/Christmas holidays, where nutritional food is also provided.

If you are not in receipt of income/benefit related free school meals, limited funding is available to support children and young people who, as result of other circumstances or vulnerabilities, would benefit from attending this programme. For example, if a child has  SEND needs, or is supported by a social worker or family service worker or a looked after child. Professional referrals will also be considered.

Please note these examples are not an exhaustive list, and the main eligibility criteria for this programme is for those children and young people who are in receipt of income/benefit related free school meals. Additionally, some clubs offer paid places alongside their HAF -funded activities. The charges may differ from club to club.

How to book a place

Please visit our Cheshire East HAF programme booking page to view all the activities available. You can filter your searches by age range including teen offer, date, SEND specific/SEND support, provider name and location or you can find your nearest provider using the handy map function.

When you find an activity you like, select book and complete the booking information.

If you need help to book your place, you can message for help or book a video chat with our platform provider Eequ, via the message support page.

Contact Holiday Activities and Food Programme

If you have any queries regarding the HAF programme email

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Page last reviewed: 31 October 2023