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Sign up for free holiday clubs this winter

Free holiday clubs are being held once again during the winter break for families in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.


The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is a government-funded free scheme for children aged five to 16.

Leicestershire County Council is working with Active Together to co-ordinate the winter HAF programme which will be delivered at venues across the county by schools, voluntary and community organisations, childcare providers and sports clubs. 


Children and young people can access up to four holiday club sessions (16 hours) over the Christmas holidays - free of charge.

The sessions will offer a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and exciting opportunities to learn and develop new skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. 

Some holiday clubs will also offer fee paying places for children and young people not eligible for free school meals and families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. 

To find out more and apply, visit