Holiday activities and food programme

Bookings are subject to available funding.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

The holiday activities and food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. It is designed to support children eligible for benefits related free school meals. 

The sessions are focused on enrichment activities, such as sports, craft and drama and include a nutritious meal.

HAF runs during parts of the school holidays at:

  • Easter - 4 sessions
  • summer - 16 sessions
  • Christmas - 4 sessions

Sessions vary in length and are down to the individual clubs and the activities they are providing. 

HAF does not run during half terms.


To be eligible for the HAF programme your child must be:

  • registered to receive benefits related free school meals
  • attending a Bracknell Forest School
  • in Reception to year 11

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, visit our free school meals page.

In England's state funded schools, all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 receive a free school meal under the universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) policy. Children who receive free school meals under UIFSM must also be eligible for benefits related free school meals in order to access a place on the HAF programme.

How to book

Bookings for summer sessions are now open on the Eequ website.

Book HAF sessions on the Eequ website

If you are unable to attend a session, please cancel within 72 hours. 

How the booking system works

We do not use codes or vouchers for bookings.

The eequ booking system has information on children entitled to benefit related free school meals.

When a parent registers their details on eequ, it will automatically match with their child's details and allow them to book sessions.


All providers are open to both HAF funded and non-HAF funded children and will be treated equally. 

All children will be provided with either a healthy cold meal, such as a packed lunch, or a hot meal. Check the clubs' booking pages for more information on the meals they provide. 


We work with external holiday club providers to secure placements for HAF eligible children.

All providers must:

  • sign our service level agreement
  • provide copies of their due diligence and insurance documents
  • provide evidence that their staff have relevant first aid and safeguarding training

If you are a holiday club provider and interested in supporting this programme, please contact us.

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Holiday activities and food programme