Coronavirus, early years and childcare

To prevent the spread of coronavirus and in order to follow government guidelines, families should only attend a Children’s centre if they have been invited to do so.

Childcare during coronavirus

If you are a key worker or you have a vulnerable child, you can apply for childcare 

The department for education has clear information for childcare settings that remain open for key workers and vulnerable children.

Children's centres to remain open during lockdown

All 12 Children’s Centres in Tower Hamlets will remain open throughout lockdown for vulnerable children. Health and safety remains our top priority - for staff, families and the community. We have adapted our services to be ‘Covid-secure’ and we will continue to offer:

- Health appointments

- Early learning for two-year-olds

- Face-to-face support for vulnerable, and newly vulnerable, parents 

We will be following the latest government guidance, which means our timetables and services are subject to change.

Please phone your local children's centre before you visit to make an appointment and find out the latest information.

Training sessions 

We have resumed some first aid and safeguarding courses and adult education courses.

Thank you

We would like to express our gratitude to all early education and childcare settings and childminders who have continued throughout COVID to offer Tower Hamlets children a wonderful, safe, caring and stimulating time. Thank you!

1001 Critical Days & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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The First 1001 Critical Days

The First 1001 Days is the time between conception and age two.  It is the period when brain development is at its peak growth period, with the brain creating connections at the rate of 1 million per second!  It is a crucial period for young children’s learning, especially making relationships and language learning..  

You can read more on the Parent Infant Foundation website.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

A growing body of research is revealing the long-term impacts that experiences and events during childhood have on individuals’ life chances. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as abuse and neglect have been shown to be associated with the development of a wide range of harmful behaviours including smoking, harmful alcohol use, drug use, risky sexual behaviour, violence and crime. They are also linked to diseases such as diabetes, mental illness, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and ultimately to premature mortality. It is important to recognise that ACEs don’t determine how your child’s life will turn out. With the right support children can overcome difficult experiences and thrive.

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What is COVID-19 and how does it relate to child development?

 Protecting against txoc stress

Download What is COVID-19 and how does it relate to child development

Download the ACEs Fact sheet

Download the ACES and social injustice presentation

Fair Society, Healthy Lives: the Marmot Review

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