The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is a Department for Education (DfE) funded programme of activities for children and young people aged 5-16 years, during the school holidays (Winter, Easter, and Summer). The programme offers a range of activities in Harrow, including some specialist SEND provisions. Places are free for children who meet the criteria, and a free nutritious meal is provided at each programme. Read our latest evaluation report.

FAQs


  • What’s HAF?

    The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is a Department for Education (DfE) funded programme of activities for children and young people aged 5-16 years, during the school holidays (Winter, Easter, and Summer). The programme offers a range of activities in Harrow, including some specialist SEND provisions. Places are free for children who meet the criteria, and a free nutritious meal is provided at each programme. Read the evaluation report.

  • Who is the HAF programme for?

    To qualify for a free place in the HAF programme, you have to meet the following criteria:

    • The child / young person must be of school age – from Reception up to Year 11
    • The child/young person must be living and/or attending school in Harrow
    • The child must be in receipt of benefits tested Free School Meals*

    *This programme is primarily aimed at those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) benefits related - but not exclusively as we aim to include any child experiencing economic and social disadvantage.

  • How to book activities?

    There are multiple organisations in Harrow that receive funding to run their own HAF programme. All of their HAF activities and programmes are advertised here on the Young Harrow Foundation website, but please note that Young Harrow Foundation does not provide activities to young people directly.

    When you find an activity you are interested in, you will see an ‘Enquire Now’ button. Fill out the online questionnaire with your details. This will be sent directly to the organisation running that HAF programme, and they will be in touch to confirm your place. You will find contact details for the organisation if you wish to follow up with a call or email.

    You can find information about HAF throughout the year here and you can sign up here to get alerts for when you can book free HAF activities again.

  • How to cancel my bookings?

    You need to contact the HAF organiser as soon as possible. You can find a list of the organisations on our website with their contact details on their profile.

  • What happens if my child/children don't go to the activity?

    If possible, please contact the HAF organiser if your child/children can't attend the HAF activities. Please note that the HAF organiser has a right to cancel your entire booking if your child/children don't go to the HAF activities in the first few days. You can find a list of the organisations on our website with their contact details on their profile.

  • How to make a complaint?

    Please note that Young Harrow Foundation is not responsible for the activities provided by the HAF organiser. Please contact the HAF organiser directly if you want to make a complaint. You can find a list of the organisations on our website with their contact details on their profile.

  • What to do when I don’t get a response from the HAF organiser?

    When you book a HAF activity through our website, the HAF organiser receives an email with your request. Please contact them directly if you don’t hear from them in 3 – 5 days. You can find a list of the organisations on our website with their contact details on their profile.

  • Can I book a place even though my child/children are not eligible for Free School Meals?

    This programme is primarily aimed at those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) benefits related - but not exclusively as we aim to include any child experiencing economic and social disadvantage.

    If your child/children don’t qualify for FSM but you want to enquire about the possibility of booking a place, please contact the HAF organiser directly. You can find a list of the organisations on our website with their contact details on their profile.

    Please note that this is a free provision for children and young people aged 5 - 16 years, living and/or registered in a school in Harrow.

  • Can my child attend more than one HAF organiser per school holidays?

    No. You need to choose one HAF organiser per school holiday and it can be different each time. Please note that this excludes Harrow Winter in Wonderland. Your child/children can attend the activities organised by your chosen HAF organiser and go to Harrow Winter in Wonderland.

  • Can I change the activities if I don’t like them?

    Yes, although you need to communicate it to your HAF organiser as soon as possible before finding an alternative HAF activity with availability. Please note that it might be difficult during the Winter and Easter school holidays due to the limited number of days of activity sessions our HAF organisers can offer.

  • What happens if my child has a dietary requirement/allergy?

    Our HAF organisers can accommodate your requirements. Please let them know when you submit your booking and/or in other communications.

  • Can my child bring a packed lunch?

    Yes, your child/children and bring their packed lunch but please let the HAF organiser know. Even though your child/children bring their packed lunch they are still entitled to a free healthy meal a day during the HAF activities.

  • How HAF providers cater for children with SEND?

    We fund a number of SEND specialist organisations to run programmes for children with moderate to severe needs and disabilities. Many of the providers also have experience and training to support children with low-level SEND. We recommend getting in touch with the HAF provider directly to discuss your child’s individual needs. You can find a list of the organisations on our website with their contact details on their profile.

  • If you are a professional, how can you make a referral for a child?

    If you are a professional that works with vulnerable children and want to book a HAF activity on their behalf or you have any questions about the programme, please contact our HAF Manager, Cristina Garcia at cristina.garcia@youngharrow.org

Get Haf alerts

There are multiple organisations in Harrow that receive funding to run their own HAF programme during the winter, Easter and summer holidays. If you would like to be alerted to when HAF camps in Harrow are live and available to book on the website, please sign up here.

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