Dear Parents and carers, 


The Holiday Activities and Food Programme is an initiative funded by the Department for Education to provide a programme of funded activities during the school holidays aimed to get children who attend to:

  • Eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • Be more active during the school holidays
  • Take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • Be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • Have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • Be more engaged with school and other local services

Programmes can be led by a range of organisations. From across the public, private and community and voluntary sectors, they must offer a range of catering, sports and physical activity and enrichment activities.

Who can access the programme?

The holiday activities and food programme is available to all children and young people aged 4 – 16 who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

What’s included?

Each eligible child or young person will be able to access up to 4 days provision of the holidays. Each provider will offer:

  • One meal during the session
  • Enjoyable activities. These vary from provider to provider but may include creative, enriching or physical activities
  • Socialising and friendly spaces to build relationships
  • Guidance and signposting for parents and carers to support your family

How do I register?

  • View the activities that are in each of the townships; HeywoodRochdaleMiddleton and Pennines
  • Each provider will take their own bookings.  The booking information will be under the activities on offer.
  • Check with the provider that the programme is suitable for your child’s age range and any additional needs your child has.
  • Programme places are offered on a first come first served basis. Where a programme is full, you can register with alternative providers


Booking and session information will go live from Friday 18 March 2022.


Click Here to view free activities available