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 Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers, Bookstart baby packs and activities you can do while staying safe at home.

Training sessions 

We will be resuming some first aid courses and adult education courses in the Autumn term 2020.

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 sustainable 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.


First Aid training programme

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We now have permission to re-start First Aid training sessions for the Autumn term. We will be offering these to colleagues in the following priority order; 

1. Certificates had expired before March 16th 2020 

2. Certificates expired after March 16th 2020 in chronological order 

3. First come first served 


Paediatric First Aid

Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September

Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 September

Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8October

Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 October

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December

Paediatric First Aid (Saturday)

Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 September

Saturday 7 and Saturday 14 November

First Aid at Work

Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November


You may request a place on one of these courses via the online e-form

These training sessions will be delivered from the children and family centre venues and colleagues who will be attending the training sessions will be required to adhere to strict social-distancing measures. A range of actions will need to be followed for effective infection protection and control and we ask those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, not to attend. 

If you are unable to attend Paediatric First Aid training and your certificate expired by March 16th, it can be extended to 25th November 2020. Please see latest government advice on Paediatric First Aid

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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.