Holiday activities and food programme (HAF) | Oldham Council
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 


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

Unique booking codes have been sent in the post directly to those who are eligible for free places and these codes must be used when booking your free places with our providers.

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.