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 virtual activities

We have a range of virtual sessions and support around early speech, language and communication. You can join us via zoom or 121 phone calls. We also have information on how you can get your early start vitamins and vouchers, Bookstart baby packs and activities you can do while staying safe at home.

Training sessions cancelled

All early years training, adult education courses and universal children’s centre sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

Early Years Training

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The Workforce Development Team for Early Years provide information, guidance, 

support and a range of appropriate, high-quality training and networking opportunities relating to early years continuing professional development (CPD). 


On this page you will find information about:

  1. Who we support

  2. Training programme

  3. Course attendance fees

  4. Booking information - how do I apply?

  5. Non-attendance and cancellation fees policy

  6. Becoming a childminder

  7. Tailored training 

Who we support

Our services are available to early years practitioners in an Ofsted registered early years setting,  who are delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework in Tower Hamlets. This includes:

  • Childminders
  • Children’s Centres
  • Day care nurseries
  • Independent schools
  • Maintained nursery schools
  • Pre-schools play groups
  • Primary schools


Tower Hamlets Inclusive Nursery school Consortium (THINC)

THINC is an alliance between the six unique and outstanding Tower Hamlets Nursery schools. Its main aims are to improve social mobility by supporting schools in improving provision, raising standards and narrowing attainment gaps.

THINC is led by an experienced group of five nursery school head teachers and a school improvement partner. Through the partnership, together we have built a network that can support schools and settings to become and remain sustainably good or better. Through sharing experiences, expertise and resources across schools, we maximise the availability of support.

To book onto any of the following courses, please email

Forum programme

Detailed information can be found by clicking the session title.

Childcare Managers Forum

A one day session

Aimed at the overall manager in your early years setting.

6 March 2020

9.15am - 3.30pm

Free to attend

Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinators’ Forum

A one day session

6 March 2020

9.15am - 3.30pm

Free to attend


Safeguarding training programme


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We have organised safeguarding training into different levels of knowledge and skills. The level required will depend on the degree of contact you have with children and families and the role you play.

It will allow those who work with, or take responsibility for, children and/or parents and carers at all levels to increase their knowledge and understanding of child protection, and their ability to promote the safety and welfare needs of children. Elements of the full safeguarding programme will offered each term.

Introduction to safeguarding

A one day course

Wednesday 12 February 2020

9.15am - 4.45pm

Free to attend for childcare settings; charges apply for schools and children’s centres

Safeguarding Children for childminders

A one day course

Saturday 15 February 2020

9.15am - 4.45pm

Free to attend for Ofsted registered childminders’

Safeguarding Children Advance - Designated Safeguarding

A two day course

Thursday 6 February 2020 &  Friday 7 February 2020

Thursday 12 March & Friday 13 March 2020

9.15am - 4.45pm

Free to attend for childcare settings; charges apply for schools and children’s centres

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Course attendance fees

Some of our courses have a contribution fee and some are free to attend.  For specific details please refer to the session you would like to attend.

Attendance fees and refund procedure

Booking information - how do I apply?

Have you or the staff member attended a session provided by the Early Years Service before?

  • Yes – Complete the online booking form:  after which a member of our team will confirm your booking via email.
  • No – Complete the online booking form: and answering ‘No’ to the first question which will allow you to enter your details in full.

Non-attendance and cancellation fees policy

When booking a place on a session or course, the employer of the participant is subject to our non-attendance and cancellation fee policy. This policy relates to sessions that are free to attend.

Non-attendance and cancellation fees policy


Want to become a childminder?

If you want to become a childminder in Tower Hamlets, you will find detailed information on the process and requirements on our becoming a childminder page.

Tailored training

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We can tailor training to your setting's needs. For more information please visit our Tailored training in your setting page.