Happy Healthy Holidays

WF Happy Healthy Holidays 2024

  • Summer activities will be taking place between 29th July – 23rd August 2024.

Please check back closer to the time for more information.

  • Christmas activities will be taking place between 23rd-24th Dec 2024 and 2nd -3rd Jan 2025.

What is WF Happy Healthy Holidays?

WF Happy Healthy Holidays aims to keep children and young people active during the School Holidays by providing free activities and healthy food. WF Happy Healthy Holidays is for school age children (Reception to year 11) who receive income-related free school meals.

The sessions are fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Please visit the government website for more information on the national programme.

Information for providers

Applications to become a Happy Healthy Holidays provider in 2024 are now closed.

Information for schools and professionals

You can help support the programme by fowarding information on to eligible families that you work with. You should recieve an email each holiday period when booking opens with more details. If you want to be added to our mailing list, please email HAFWakefield@wakefield.gov.uk.

Information for parents and carers

What your child can expect on a Happy Healthy Holidays activity:

 Enriching Activities

Activities that allow children to:

  • develop new skills or knowledge
  • try out new experiences
  • have fun and socialise


Physical Activities

At least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. These will meet the Physical Activity guidelines.

Awareness of healthy eating & lifestyles

Healthy eating and nutrition activities such as making snacks, growing fruit and vegetables, food preparation and cooking.

Signposting & Referrals

Information on where to find any help or support that your family needs.

Food Provision

A healthy meal that caters to your child’s allergies and dietary requirements. This includes cultural and religious requirements. All meals must meet the school foods standards.

Programme aims:

The programme only covers the main school holidays: 8 days over Easter; 16 days over the Summer and 4 days during Christmas.

The aim of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is for eligible children, young people, and families to:

  • be more active during the school holidays

  • eat more healthy over the school holidays and try new foods

  • take part in engaging and enriching activities that support the development of mental and physical wellbeing

  • be safe and not socially isolated

  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition

  • be more engaged with schools and other local services and be signposted towards other information and support

  • develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting

Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Our Happy Healthy Holiday activities offer places to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. We have several providers who offer support for SEND children, and also providers who support children in a mainstream setting.

If your child requires extra support due to SEND or any other needs, please have a conversation with the provider in the first instance to ensure that they are able to support your child’s needs at the session. Contact details are on the PDF provider list on this webpage

To ensure a smooth transition on your child’s first day of attendance, please ensure all relevant information about their needs is provided in advance to the activity provider so they can work with you to ensure their individual requirements are met. Please note that spaces are not guaranteed but are subject to availability when you book.

Is my child eligible?

Your child is eligible to attend if:

They are school age (in reception to year 11) and they are in receipt of income-based free school meals.

Please be aware that Income-Based Free School meals are different to Universal Infant Free School Meals – that all children receive from Reception to year 2.

For information on free school meals and how to claim if you think you may be eligible, visit the webpage here.

Further support

For support for children aged 5 and under, as well as information around childcare visit The First Five Years page: The First Five Years – Wakefield Families Together

What do I do if my child cannot attend the activity after I have booked?

If you have booked a place and can no longer attend, please cancel your place through your account on the Coordinate booking system. You can also contact the provider direct so that your place can be offered to someone else. Contact details can be found on the provider list above. Failure to attend activities, without first cancelling your booking or letting the activity provider know, can affect your ability to book on to any activities in the future.

My Child is not eligible, what else is available?

Some providers may be offering paid places in addition to the programme. These will be available at the providers discretion and the costs to attend these places may vary.

To find other events that might be happening in your area in the school holidays you can visit the links below:

Experience Wakefield

Community Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield

FREE days out in Wakefield (mumbler.co.uk)

Summer tips – Wakefield Council

50 Things to Do ages 5-11 | Wakefield

Our Infographics

For further information about WF Happy Healthy Holidays, please email: HAFWakefield@wakefield.gov.uk