Peterborough Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

What is HAF?

The Peterborough Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme offers fully funded holiday places to eligible children and young people.

HAF runs during the Easter (up to 4 sessions), Summer (up to 16 sessions) and Christmas (up to 4 sessions) school holidays.

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The Department for Education funds the HAF Programme. It encourages children and young people to:

  • Eat healthily over the school holidays
  • Be active during the school holidays
  • Take part in engaging and enriching activities
  • Have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • Be more engaged with local opportunities

Each child / young person will receive a balanced meal each day that they attend.


HAF is available to primary and secondary school children and young people who are in receipt of benefit related free school meals.*

Children and young people must live in Peterborough or attend a Peterborough school.

In addition, a small number of discretionary HAF places are available via a professional referral, these are:

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  • Child / young person in care
  • Child / young person on child protection or child in need plan
  • Child / young person with an open Early Help Assessment who has identified or unmet needs that can be supported through the HAF Programme

For a Professionals Referral Form or further information on the criteria above, please contact

Book a place

The next HAF Programme will run in the Christmas 2023 school holidays.

Bookings open on Monday 20 November and close on Wednesday 20 December.

Find a list of Peterborough HAF providers on our Family Information Service website.

Identify your chosen club and then book a place directly with the club. The booking is subject to eligibility being confirmed.

View our map to find your nearest HAF club.

Please contact the HAF Team for more information:

*Your child will be eligible for income-related free school meals (and therefore eligible for a HAF programme place) if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (as from 1 April 2018)

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and normally receives Universal Infant Free School Meals, your child will not be eligible for income-related free school meals unless you make a successful claim via the Free School Meals webpage.