Coronavirus, early years and childcare

Early education and childcare during coronavirus

For child safety, early education and childcare providers follow the guidance issued by the Department for Education. Early education and childcare settings are now open to everyone. 

Children and family centres open

All 12 Children and family centres in Tower Hamlets will remain open with the easing of lockdown. Health and safety remains our top priority - for staff, families and the community. We have adapted our services to be ‘Covid-secure’ and we continue to offer:

- Health appointments

- Early learning for two-year-olds

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

- Collection of vitamins

Some small group sessions will be operating, please check our timetable for details.

We follow the latest government guidelines, which means our timetables and services are subject to change.

Please phone your local children and family centres before you visit to make an appointment and find out the latest information.

Training sessions 

We continue to provide blended learning for our 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!

Early Years Foundation Stage

 If you are looking for a childminder, nursery, preschool or other childcare place for your child, contact the Family Information Service.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the educational framework setting out the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old, including the reception year of school. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers (nurseries, play groups, preschools, child minders, often called early years settings), must follow the EYFS.

Young children learn best through play. The EYFS recognises the central importance of play, direct experiences and active learning to support young children's learning most effectively.

,For more information about how and what your child will learn at nursery and school, there is  a helpful guide for parents and carers called What to expect, when?

The Development Matters guidance is non-statutory guidance that supports early years practitioners to implement the EYFS.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) summarises and describes children's attainment at the end of the Foundation Stage that is, at the end of the reception year. Schools must report to parents how their children are doing across all the areas of learning, and describe how children are learning, called the characteristics of effective learning found in paragraph 1.9 of page 10 in the EYFS Statutory Framework and in more detail on pages 6 and 7 of Development Matters (2012).

Early Years Foundation Stage resources

In September 2021 there will be a new EYFS framework and new Development Matters Guidance, this year both are for use by the early adopter schools only. You will be able to find a variety of Early Years Foundation Stage resources by visiting our useful practitioner resource page.