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-years-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!

Children's Centres

On this page you will find information on:

  1. Vision

  2. Core purpose

  3. Video interaction guidance (VIG)

  4. List of Children's Centres

  5. How to contact the Family Information Service


Our vision is for every child in Tower Hamlets to have the best possible start in life - through reducing inequalities and improving quality of life. Our service supports children and their families to be safe and happy - improving lifelong health and wellbeing.

"Our East End" is the council's quarterly magazine and is delivered, free of charge, to more than 120,000 homes and businesses. The magazine showcased a "children take centre stage" article on Children's Centres within the Tower Hamlets Borough. The article can be found on pages 14 to 16 on issue two which was published in September 2016. 

Copies of the magazine are also available in all Tower Hamlets based libraries and Idea Stores, while an online version of the magazine is also available for all residents to access.

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Core purpose

The core purpose of Tower Hamlets children’s centre service is to improve outcomes for all young children and their families, as well as reduce inequalities between the most disadvantaged children and others through early intervention and holistic support. This is guided by the Sure Start children’s centres statutory guidance and will be achieved through the following targets:

  1. Child development and school readiness, which will enable children to become confident and curious learners by providing early learning opportunities:

    • Through universal and targeted stay and play sessions.
    • Providing support to access free child care entitlements.
    • Working in partnership with schools and other providers.
  2. Raising aspirations and improving parenting skills, which will support parents to give their child the best possible start to life by providing:

    • Family support.
    • Evidence-based parenting programmes.
    • Specialist programmes and targeted services for parents.
    • Reducing inequalities through supporting parents to improve economic wellbeing.
  3. Reducing health inequalities by improving health and life chances and ensuring that children are safeguarded by supporting parents to access:

    • A range of health services.
    • Family support.
    • Advice and support on public health outcomes.
    • Partnership with the community and stakeholders.

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Video interaction guidance (VIG)

Video interaction guidance (VIG) is offered through all the children’s centres within Tower Hamlets. It can help improve relationships and communication between parents/carers and their children by taking video footage of interactions and looking for the times when things are working well and then thinking about what is making it so successful.

If you want to know more, please speak to one of the Family Support team at your local centre. You can also find out more at

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List of Children's Centres

For more information about activities and other services available at each centre, please refer to the centre of your choice using the information found below:

Around Poplar1 Around Poplar CC

115 Three Colt Street,


E14 8AP

Telephone: 020 7364 0540 



Chrisp Street2 Chrisp street CC

23 – 27 Market Way, 


E14 6AH

Telephone: 020 7364 2856


Collingwood3 Collingwood CC

St Bartholomew Gardens, 

Buckhurst Street,


E1 5QT

Telephone: 020 7364 0539  


Isle of Dogs4 Isle of Dogs CC

Millwall Park,

Stebondale Street,


E14 3BX

Telephone: 020 7364 1179 


John Smith5 John Smith CC

90 Stepney Way, 


E1 2EN

Telephone: 020 7364 0537 


Marner6 Marner CC

Marner Centre, 

Devas Street,


E3 3LL

Telephone: 020 7364 3534  


Meath Gardens7 Meath Gardens CC

1 Smart Street,


E2 0SN

Telephone: 020 7364 0349   


Mile End8 Mile End CC

9 Bede Square, Joseph Street, 

Off Bow Common Lane,


E3 4GY

Telephone: 020 7364 7557 


Mowlem9 Mowlem CC

Wadeson Street,


E2 9DL

Telephone: 020 7364 7935


Ocean10 Ocean CC

Whitehorse Road, 


E1 0ND

Telephone: 020 7364 6605 


Overland11 Overland

60 Parnell Road,



E3 2RU

Telephone: 020 7364 1925 


Wapping12 Wapping Bigland street

15 Richard Street,


E1 2JP

Telephone: 020 7364 6004 


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Family Information Service

Tower Hamlets Family Information Service (FIS) provides free and impartial, information and advice on childcare as well as general information on a wide range of services for children, young people, parents and families.

The service runs a telephone helpline and drop-in service on Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. For more information you can get in touch by contacting the FIS on 020 7364 6495 or by email at

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