2024 Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) registration

Register here for your unique code to access HAF schemes this summer and Christmas

About the programme

The programme is open to all school-aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who already receive benefits-related free school meals who live, or go to school, in Hampshire. This means areas of Hampshire serviced by Hampshire County Council. (This excludes the unitary authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton).

Benefit-related free school meals are not the same as universal free school meals that all Reception, Year One and Year Two pupils are entitled to. This is not an application for free school meals.

More information on free school meals, including how to apply and receive this support

Benefits for families

Each child with a HAF code has free access to around 150 holiday schemes across Hampshire this summer and Christmas.

Each scheme provides food and fun activities for a minimum of four hours a day.

Schemes are listed on the Family Information and Services Hub site in the five weeks preceding the holiday period.

How to register

Families/carers need to register each eligible child in order to receive a unique code that can be used with every provider delivering HAF schemes.

Children can access the HAF Programme if they are eligible for benefit-related free school meals.

You will need this unique HAF code to use any activities funded by the HAF Programme and will need to share this code when booking.

The process is quick and easy. Simply complete the registration form. You will receive an automated confirmation that we have received your form. 

You should expect to receive an initial response in one to two working days. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, we will also respond within the first one to two days and then investigate further and come back to you as soon as possible.

Registration form

More information and common questions

What to do if you have not heard from us after three working days

If you have not had any initial response after three working days, please contact the team using the details below as there may have been an issue with your form or with the contact email address you provided.

How to register if you don’t have access to the internet

Your school can register on your behalf and then forward the unique code to you. It is also possible that the HAF provider you wish to book with can register on your behalf.

If you are not eligible through benefit-related free school meals but have attended a free HAF scheme in the past

A small number of other vulnerable children may be eligible without holding benefit-related free school meal status. These include children such as those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), children and young people known to social care, and children of recognised refugees with no recourse to public funds.

If you wish to apply to attend a scheme under this broader definition of vulnerability you will not need a unique HAF code. Please contact the HAF scheme provider directly who will be able to help advise on your eligibility and whether they have any spaces for non-free school meal children available.
Reasons why your child may not show as eligible

There are a number of reasons we may not be able to match your registration form to existing school records of free school meal eligible children, for example:

  • You may not have applied for benefit-related free school meal status
  • Your child may not go to school in Hampshire
  • You may have made a data entry error, eg. date of birth
  • The school your child goes to may not have updated their free school meal records
Contact us

If you would like more information or have a query, please contact the team: