HAF Applications

Applications are now closed for Easter 2023!

We are delighted to be coordinating the Holiday Activity with Food programme across 2023 on behalf of Wirral Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council – Funded by Department of Education.
If you are thinking about being a provider for summer and Christmas and want to find out more, visit our providers portal

Unsure if your child is eligible for free school meals?

Did you know that on average, parents spend up to £500 per year, per child on school meals? There are so many children that are eligible but do not benefit from this crucial funding.


Our aim is to make as many families as possible aware of their child’s entitlement to hot, tasty nutritious meals in school through term time, as well as the great activity opportunities available to them in the holidays.


Check with your local authority if your child is eligible here:

HAF Impact

Holiday Activities with Food programme 2022

A huge thank you to our partners & providers across Wirral and west Cheshire for making the winter Holiday Activity with Food programme such a success!

Here is just a snapshot of the opportunities Edsential HAF provided in 2022.

Information for local authorities

For the past 3 years, Edsential have taken a leading role in the coordination of the Holiday Activities with Food programme. In 2020, we delivered the largest of the pilot programmes to date, covering three North West local authorities (Cheshire West and Chester Council, Wirral Council and Halton Council).  For HAF 2023, Edsential can support your local authority in a variety of ways. Whether it is full coordinaton to consultancy, our experienced team are here to support.

Contact Us

For more information, contact our HAF team.