Holiday Activities and Food

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme is a programme of funded activities during the school holidays aimed to get children who attend to:

  • Eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • Be more active during the school holidays
  • Be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • Have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • Be more engaged with school 

To book sessions on the programme, please use the unique booking codes that were issued in June 2023.

If you have received this code but have misplaced it, please email with the full name, date of birth and address of each eligible child.

Book activities

*Oldham's Holiday Activities and Food Programme is funded by the Department for Education.


The Department for Education sets the eligibility criteria for the Holiday Activities and Food programme.

Children aged 5 to 16, who receive benefits-related free school meals in Oldham, can book these sessions for free. 

Benefits related free school meal criteria:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • The guarantee element of state pension credit
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit.
  • Universal credit with annual net earned income of less than £7,400

If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 they are automatically entitled to the universal free school meal offer. This is not benefits related and unfortunately is not part of the eligibility criteria for the holiday activities and food programme.