Holiday activities and food programme

Apply for holiday activities and food programme funding

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The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to eligible children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. This is known as the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme.

Around 4500 children across Swindon will be eligible for free holiday provision over these periods.

Places will be available at a range of holiday club providers, and offer eligible children the opportunity to attend sessions 4 hours per day for 4 days over Easter, 4 days per week over Summer and for 4 days over the Christmas holidays.

Children who take up a place at a free holiday club will have the opportunity to:

  • eat more healthily over the school holidays, with a meal provided at each session
  • be more active, by being involved in physical activities and a range of engaging and enriching activities to develop resilience, character and wellbeing
  • be safe and not socially isolated over holiday periods
  • most importantly, have fun with friends

The programme will grow over the Summer so a wider offer is available to families to access during this holiday period.


School aged children from any of the following categories are eligible to access the programme:

  • Children in receipt of benefits related free school meals
  • Children in need
  • Child protection
  • Currently looked after school aged children

How to apply

Parents or carers of eligible children will receive an email and/or text message from Evouchers containing details of a Holiday Activity Voucher to be used over the Christmas period.

The Holiday Activity Voucher is provided by the council and will provide your child with a list of available Winter HAF activities for the holiday period.

Please note that each eligible child can book on with One provider for a maximum of four days delivery over the Winter holiday period. 

The deadline for booking on to a HAF provider is 6.00pm Monday, 13 December 2021.

Visit the link on the message you receive to view a full list of activities available where you’ll be given the option to book a space for your child.

Book soon to avoid disappointed as spaces are limited.

If you have any further questions, please contact the relevant option below:

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