Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

A message from Marcus Rashford about the Holiday Activities and Food Programme:


About the HAF Programme - Information for parents/carers

We are delighted to offer the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in Sutton. The programme is funded by the Department for Education to provide free holiday-enriching and physical activities with nutritious meals for children and young people (aged Reception to Year 11) receiving benefits-related free school meals.

The annual programme will cover the spring, summer and Christmas holidays. Eligible families can apply for a total of 16 hours of provision a week. We will run the programme for: 

  • 1 week during Easter
  • 4 weeks during summer, and
  • 1 week during Christmas

Unique Codes 

We will send out a letter to every parent/carer before each holiday period to confirm eligibility and provide a unique code. When booking you will need to present this code to your provider and / or take it with you when dropping off your child on the first day of provision.

If your child receives benefits-related free school meals but has not received a unique code, please email with your child’s name, age and address and we can look for the code on the system. If you have moved you need to inform us about your change of address and this will ensure your letter is sent to the right address in the future. To do this email

If you are currently not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals but think you may be eligible, you can visit Free School Meals and Pupil Premium.


To book a provision, please visit the bookings page. Each provider will manage its own booking process and system. Please read the ‘How to Book’ section under each provider. If you have any questions about a provision, it is best to contact the provider directly.

If you have one child receiving benefits-related free school meals and another receiving universal free school meals, both children will be able to access HAF provision. Please discuss this with the provider who will book the younger child onto the provision.


If your child has a special educational need or disability or additional needs then please contact activity providers to learn more about how they can meet the needs of your children and agree to any additional support needed.  The HAF team has been working hard to make sure that every eligible child in Sutton has the opportunity to experience HAF, regardless of circumstances, which is why we have been working with a range of providers to accommodate these needs. 

To find out more about the programme please read Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2022.