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Winter Activities 2021

Solihull Winter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)

School holidays can be a difficult time for some families because of increased costs such as food and childcare.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme offers a healthy meal and enriching activities for children whose family meet certain eligibility criteria.  These are free of cost to the parent/carer of eligible children.


Who is eligible for HAF?

HAF activities are available for pupils aged 4 to 16 who are in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals.


What is available for my child in Solihull?

During the 2021 Christmas school holidays there are free places available for eligible children at a range of activity and childcare providers.

The following document gives you information about the activity and childcare schemes that are able to offer places to eligible children.


Please view information on the Winter HAF activities 2021  and a link to the Solihull BID Family Christmas event on 20th Dec 2021 offering free HAF places.

How do I book a place for my child?

The HAF document above gives details of the activities and childcare providers with places available for eligible children in Solihull. To book a place you must:

  • Contact them directly using their contact details in the HAF Winter booklet.
  • Check they have a HAF funded place available.
  • Send the provider proof that your child is eligible for benefits-related free school meals by showing them a copy of the letter you should have received from us.

For more information on the HAF programme visit our HAF Webpage.

Please note: throughout the school Christmas holidays we will do our very best to update you with further details of activities, events and holiday schemes as information becomes available. Therefore, do keep checking our webpage on a regular basis for all the latest details.

Solihull Parents’ Network – Christmas Newsletter 2021Christmas 2021 NewsletterPlease see this year’s Christmas newsletter for details of events and local attractions, which may add some festive cheer to your celebrations, over the holiday period.

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Support for you

If you are experiencing hardship you can access information on the support available via our Here2help pages. Or you can apply online for an eligibility check for free school meals

You can also access information and advice about a range of mental wellbeing services for young people offering support during winter 2021.


Childcare in Solihull

You can view information on childcare providers by visiting our online directory links below,  those that offer HAF places are also listed in the Winter HAF Activities 2021 document above:

Our Solihull Family Service Directory lists information all year round on Ofsted registered childcare providers, activities and support services for families.

For more information on choosing childcare and accessing an early education funded place for your 2, 3 or 4 year old including how to access 30 hours childcare visit our Family Information Service webpage.


If you require any further information or support please contact the Family Information Service on 0800 389 8667 or email