The London Borough of Bexley is delivering the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme which is being funded by the Department for Education.

The programme provides activities and healthy food for school aged children and young people from Reception to Year 11 who are eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals (FSM). The events run during the easter, summer and winter school holidays.

FSM are available to children and young people if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits. They are different to the Universal Infant Free School meals (UIFSM) which all children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 automatically receive. Infant pupils who receive a free meal under UIFSM must also be eligible for benefits-related FSM to be able to access one of the free places on the HAF programme.

To access any of the free holiday club places as part of the Bexley HAF Programme, eligible children and young people will also need to live in Bexley or attend a Bexley school. All our neighbouring boroughs are offering similar HAF Programmes, so those that live and attend a school outside of Bexley should contact their local authority for further details of their HAF Programmes.

A number of paid for places are also available for those not eligible for the free places.

Summer Holiday Programme

The programme for the summer holiday programme is still being finalised. Please check back at the beginning of July for more details.

Additional information

If you have any queries regarding the HAF programme in Bexley, please e-mail

In addition to this programme, families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. Please visit Help with childcare costs to find out more.
London Borough of Bexley is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the HAF programme. The free places are funded by the Department for Education. Visit the government website for more information on the national programme.