Easter Holiday Activities and Food programme now open for booking!

16 Mar 2023

Our Easter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is live and ready for booking with two weeks of free activities and food for children receiving benefits-linked free school meals.

Our HAF providers have organised a range of activities during the Easter holidays. Children aged four to sixteen can access up to a maximum of 16 hours of activities, alongside a nutritious meal. The programme includes lots of fun events for children and young people, including children with special needs.

The HAF programme is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by local councils working with local organisations to provide healthy food and fun activities to children and young people. Sessions include sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills at different locations around the borough.

Councillor Marian James, Chair of People Committee said: “Making sure that no child goes hungry during the school holidays is a continuing priority for the Council - during our Christmas HAF programme, over 1,200 young people took part in hundreds of activities and enjoyed a healthy meal.

“Our dedicated HAF providers have a huge array of activities for children to take part in, have fun, make new friends and give them a nourishing meal to keep them fueled for all that fun! We also have lots of activities for children with additional needs.”

For information on available activities and how to book, please visit www.suttoninformationhub.org.uk/pages/HAF

Families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. Please visit Help With Childcare Costs (gov.uk) to find out more. 

Activities are open to families not in receipt of free school meals, but there will be a charge set by the provider (see HAF website for individual details).

Watch our film to see what happened over the Christmas HAF holiday programme.

Other activities this Easter

There are lots of activities going on across Sutton in our leisure centres, libraries and parks - find out what’s going on, or sign up to the Cultural Services mailing list to receive their fortnightly bulletin.

There are lots of Easter activities for children and young people who aren’t in receipt of benefits-linked free school meals. Please visit the Sutton Information Hub to find events and activities near you (some of which will be free).

You can also visit the Sutton Family Information Service which has lots of information about what else is available.