Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)


The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) has been expanded to cover all of England, and this is the second year that the programme is run at Apple Tree Farm.

This holiday provision is for school-aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits. To check if your child is eligible to apply for the programme, please visit this page Holiday activities and food programme 2022 – GOV.UK ( for more information.

What is the HAF programme? – Education and Families (

At Apple Tree Farm, the HAF provision involves groups of up to 12 children, with differing abilities, working together in the day-to-day activities with our animals and environment.

Alongside this, we may commission external providers of activities or plan trips and outings with the children.

Whilst the farm’s term time activities and general expertise lie with supporting children with SEND, the HAF funding is for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, irrespective of additional needs, and as such the farm cannot accommodate 1:1 provision as part of this funding.

There will always be a heavily staffed programme for everyone’s enjoyment and for those who required additional support in a group setting.

Holiday Activities and Food Programme