Solihull Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)

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The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers a healthy meal and enriching activities for children whose family meet certain eligibility criteria. These are free of cost to the parent/carer of eligible children.

Summer activities 2022

School holidays can be a difficult time for some families because of increased costs such as food and childcare.

HAF activities are available for school age children from Reception to year 11 who are in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals.

What is available for my child in Solihull?

During the 2022 summer school holidays there are free places available for eligible children at a range of activity and childcare providers.

The following link will direct you to our online directory where you can search for HAF activities. When you view an activity online you will be able to see information about what is on offer for eligible children.

HAF Summer 2022

There are also a wide range of activities and events running for children and families during the summer as well as Ofsted registered holiday schemes and childminders offering care throughout the summer. The following link will direct you to our general Summer Activities Pages where you can view these schemes.

Summer Activities 2022

How do I book a place for my child?

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When you search the online directory you will be able to view details of the activities and childcare providers with free places available for eligible children in Solihull. To book a place you must:

  • contact your chosen activity provider directly using their contact details from the directory search
  • check they have a HAF funded place available
  • send the provider proof that your child is eligible for benefits-related free school meals by showing them a copy of the letter you should have received from us
  • if you have not received your letter please firstly double check your inbox and junk folders then email stating your name, you child’s name and your postal address to request a new letter

For more information on the HAF programme or to view links to activities in Birmingham, Warwickshire and Coventry please visit our HAF Provider webpage.

Stay up to date

Throughout the summer school holidays we will be updating our online directory with further details of activities, events and holiday schemes as information becomes available. Therefore, do keep checking our webpage on a regular basis for all the latest details.

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Support for you

If you are experiencing hardship you can access information on the support available via our Here2help pages. Or you can apply online for an eligibility check for free school meals.

Childcare in Solihull

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You can view information on Ofsted registered childcare providers that are offering free HAF sessions on the full list of HAF providers above. If you wish to access an Ofsted registered childcare provider that does not offer HAF, you can view information on these childcare providers by visiting our online directory

Please note that these childcare providers do not offer free sessions unless specified so you would need to pay for any care you book. For information on help with childcare costs please visit the Government’s childcare choices website

Our Solihull Family Service Directory lists information all year round on Ofsted registered childcare providers, activities and support services for families.

For more information on choosing childcare and accessing an early education funded place for your 2, 3 or 4 year old including how to access 30 hours childcare visit our Family Information Service webpage.

If you require any further information or support please contact the Family Information Service on 0800 389 8667 or email

Stay Informed about HAF

Sign up to our Stay Connected email list for information on all future HAF activities. You will need to add your email address and then scroll down to the education section and choose HAF Activities and Food Programme from the list.