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Enrolling children and young people in free holiday clubs

Did you know that children and young people who are eligible for free school meals can take part in free holiday clubs this year? See below and check our social media channels for updates.

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Summer HAF information

Leicestershire Holidays Together HAF is a free and exciting Department for Education-funded holiday programme for school-aged children and young people who are:

  • attending Reception to year 11 (inclusive)
  • receiving benefits-related free school meals


  • living in Leicestershire.

Eligible children and young people can access a maximum of 16 HAF holiday club sessions during the 2022 summer holidays, free of charge.

Holidays Together HAF holiday club sessions will be delivered at venues across Leicestershire and will offer a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts, and other opportunities to learn and develop new skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. 

Check your child’s eligibility for a free HAF place this summer.

Please note:

  • You'll need to complete a separate eligibility check for each child.
  • You'll get an email confirmation of your child’s eligibility for a free HAF place, plus an eligibility code that you will need to use when booking your HAF holiday club place for Summer 2022.
  • You can book your place directly with your chosen Summer HAF provider:

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Please also contact your chosen provider directly to discuss any additional requests.

Frequently asked questions

What are 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, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority. View information on who can get free school meals and how to apply

What if my child receives universal infant free school meals?

Infant pupils who receive a free meal under universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) policy must also be eligible for benefits-related FSM to be able to access a free place on the HAF programme. View information on who can get free school meals and how to apply

What if my child is not eligible for HAF?

Some HAF holiday clubs will also offer fee-paying places for children and young people not eligible for free school meals. Families eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. Please contact your chosen holiday club provider directly for more information about fee-paying places.

What if I live in Leicester City?

The Leicestershire Holidays Together HAF programme is open to Leicestershire residents only. If you live in Leicester City, you can find information about the Leicester City HAF programme and how to apply for a place.

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Application process for becoming a Leicestershire HAF provider for winter 2022-24

In line with procurement regulations, Leicestershire County Council has now moved to a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for awarding contracts to HAF providers for the remainder of the current three-year programme, which ends in December 2024.

The application window to join the DPS is now open for providers who would like to apply to deliver HAF in winter 2022. The tender opportunity has been published on the council’s East Mids Tenders e-tendering portal.

All providers interested in applying must register interest via the East Mids Tenders e-tendering portal

If you are already registered as a provider on East Mids Tenders, you can log in and register interest in the opportunity

If you are not already registered as a provider on East Mids Tenders, you can complete a simple registration process.

Please note:

  • The deadline for submissions to apply for HAF winter 2022 provision is 12 noon on Monday 12 September 2022. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered for 2022 provision but will be considered for 2023/24 provision. A full timetable is included within the tender documentation.
  • We will be holding an online Q&A event from 4.30pm–6pm on Tuesday 23 August for providers who are interested in joining this HAF DPS to deliver HAF in winter 2022 – 2024. Please register on the e-tendering portal to access further details, and please refer to the messaging facility within the portal for the meeting link for this event.
  • All documentation relating to the opportunity can be downloaded from the e-tendering portal.
  • All communication relating to the application/tender process will now go through the messaging facility within the e-tendering portal. See further guidance on how to register on the portal
  • We cannot send you information regarding the tender via the email address – however, we have attached a guide to using the e-tendering portal, which you may find useful.

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