Information for parents and carers

About the programme

Bury holiday and food programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. It funds holiday activities which include food for children during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays.

We are working with local schools, childcare and holiday club providers and voluntary and community organisations to deliver the programme across Bury. You can find out more about the programme on Gov.uk - Holiday activities and food programme.

Bury Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme activities are brought to you through Bury Council, in partnership with Bury Voluntary, Community and Faith Alliance and they are funded by the Department for Education.

Eligible children will be able to access:

  • up to 16, four hour sessions throughout the summer holidays
  • up to 4, four hour sessions through the Easter and Christmas holidays

There will be no cost to parents for the sessions.

Some clubs offer longer sessions and some provide specific sessions for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or additional needs.

Holiday clubs will host a variety of free fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills. Children will also receive a nutritious meal each day.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a free place, children must be of primary or secondary school age and receive benefits related free school meals.

If you believe you are eligible for benefits related free school meals, but do not currently claim them, you can find information about how to apply on our Free school meals web page.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email the HAF team on haf@bury.gov.uk.

How to find holiday activities

HAF funded holiday clubs and activities will be listed on the Bury Directory.

Eligible families will receive a unique voucher code via text or email from their child's school. This will be used to create an account with Holiday Activities and book onto any available activities. Please do not contact providers directly to book on, bookings need to be made through Holiday Activities.

If your child attends a school outside of the borough, please email haf@bury.gov.uk for support in receiving your voucher.

If you need further information on the HAF programme or any of the clubs and activities, please email haf@bury.gov.uk.

Support during February, May and October half term holidays

The HAF programme is not funded to provide holiday clubs over the half term holidays, but other activities and support may be available to families. You can visit The Bury Directory to find out what is available in your area. Please note that these are not HAF funded programmes so we cannot guarantee availability.

Families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. You can find information about help with childcare costs on Gov.uk - Universal Credit and childcare.