Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

HAF information for parents and carers

The government funded holiday activities and food programme (HAF) provides children from reception year to age 16 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals with:

  • free easter, summer and christmas holiday activities
  • a meal whilst at the activity 
  • nutritional education

The programme also provides nutritional and food education and signposting to support services for families of the children attending the programme. 

The programme aims to help children and young people: 

  • eat more healthily
  • be more active
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities, which support the development of resilience, character, well being and wider education attainment
  • reduce social isolation
  • learn about health and nutrition
  • be more engaged with school and other local services
The HAF offer

HAF funded places are available to children in reception year at school up to age 16, who are in receipt of benefits related free school meals.

Eligible children are entitled to the equivalent of six weeks HAF provision accross the easter, summer and christmas holidays.

Over easter - participating children can benefit from a week of provision, which should be for a minimum of four days, with each day consisting of at least four hours of provision.

Over summer - participating children can benefit from four weeks provision, which should be for a minimum of 16 days, with each day consisting of at least four hours of provision.

Over christmas - participating children can benefit from a week of provision, which should be for a minimum of four days, with each day consisting of at least four hours of provision.

A child or young person does not have to use their full entitlement.

Activities available this Easter

Activities for the Easter holidays will appear here when available.

Please contact the provider directly to book a place.

Community food support

BCP Council has created an Access to Food Map showing community food support available throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The map provides information on community meals, cooked meal delivery and cooking workshops, as well as foodbanks and social supermarkets. You can view the map here.

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