Holiday Activities and Food scheme

Brighter Futures for Children is delighted to be co-ordinating the Holiday Activities and Food scheme up to 2023 on behalf of Reading Borough Council, funded by the Department for Education.

The HAF programme provides activities and lunch for children eligible for pupil premium free school meals across Reading with our HAF funded providers. The activity clubs are offered over Christmas, Easter and summer holidays and offer a range of energetic physical activities, exciting new experiences and delicious meals too!

Please note, half term weeks are not covered by HAF.

If your child/children is not currently in receipt of pupil premium free school meals but you think your circumstances mean they could be eligible, please fill in an application form and submit it to your child’s school. The form and more information can be found on our free schools meals page.

If you have any questions about the Holiday Activities and Food programme, please contact Ciaran Delaney:

You need to re-register to access HAF activities every new holiday season, even if you have accessed the scheme previously.

HAF codes can only be used for the season of registration. eg. you will not be able to use the HAF code you used for Easter to sign up for summer activities. Please only register once.

Summer HAF registration

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Keep an eye out for updates on this page where we will add the registration form for summer HAF activities.

Everyone had a great time over the Easter holidays, with huge thanks to all the Easter HAF providers, listed below.

  • Little Musketeers
  • NSSport
  • Reading FC
  • Sport in Mind
  • St Joseph's
  • Premier Education
  • Grassrootz
  • Funtastic Kids
  • Usport


Reading Libraries

We’re currently developing up-coming HAF events with Reading Libraries, so keep an eye out for more details.

Reading’s seven libraries are near you, free to join and provide free access to thousands of books. Children just need to visit with an adult with ID (address and signature) to join.

There are libraries in Whitley, Southcote, Caversham, Tilehurst, Palmer Park, Oxford Road and Central Reading. Visit, follow them on Facebook @readinglibraries or email

Marcus Rashford - campaigner for Holiday Activities and Food programme

Watch a video of footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford spread the word about the benefits of holiday activities and clubs for children.


What families have said about the providers and activities on our HAF programme

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The club’s activities, energy and staff were absolutely amazing and definitely saved us mentally and financially this summer. With all my heart I can’t thank this group enough for giving my boys a fun and sporting time. It means so much when you have fallen on hard times and feel guilty as a parent. Well done all!”

“I would like to say thank you all for the joy, kindness and holiday that you have given to our children. Some of them couldn’t go on holiday but you gave them a fun one. It was a joy and happiness for them looking forward every morning for 11am to join the different activity during the day. They were all commenting about the fun and the positive action given by your people. We are so grateful that something like that was done. We hope in some way that you came to impact on the Southcote community. It would be fun to come again next year maybe for Summer holiday. We look forward to see you back. WELL DONE.

Thank you all Brighter Futures for Children.”

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“This was fantastic, we had to isolate and missed some. I as a parent found this a great help and would love things like this to continue!”

“The club was fantastic and my children enjoyed getting active, meeting friends and playing the games.”

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