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About the HAF programme

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The HAF Programme in Shropshire: free activities and food for Shropshire families 

Children enjoying a game of skittlesShropshire HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) managed by Shropshire Council is an exciting programme of holiday activities.

Over the Easter/Spring, Summer and Christmas/Winter holidays, schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers are running activities

There are free places available on the HAF programme for children and young people aged 4 (reception class age) to 16, who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals and for those who have been referred onto HAF by a professional.

Children who are aged 4, who attend a nursery or pre-school are unfortunately not eligible for the HAF programme, activities are not suitable. Eligible children aged 4+, must be in full time education and have started school in Reception Class (or equivalent).

During the three main school holidays, children and young people are invited to take part in a range of fun activities, happening at venues from across the county.  

Funded by the DfE (Department for Education), the aim of the programme, is to make holiday activities as accessible and inclusive as possible

How to access the free activities

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All bookings for the Shropshire HAF programme are now being made through a centralised booking system.

All eligible families will be given an information leaflet, which will include a code via their school or professional you are working with.

If you aren’t sure if you are eligible, please check the Eligibility Document, to the right of this page and speak to your child/ren’s school.

What you need to do

  1. Get your unique code either via your child/ren’s school or through a professional
  2. The bookings for the summer holidays will open on Thursday 23 June.
  3. Go to
  4. Set up your account by adding your email and choosing a password.
  5. Add your unique code (see flyer).
  6. Add your child/ren’s details.
  7. That’s it! You’ve signed up ready for booking!.
  8. No internet? Just visit your local library with this flyer.

The code entitles your child/ren to 64 hours of free holiday activity in Shropshire during the summer holiday.

This is the equivalent of 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks. 

The code is individual to your child/s school and is not transferable to other children.

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