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 cancelled

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

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Provider Portal for 30 hours

Videos and documents are accessible and provide a step-by-step guide for Early Years settings/schools.  Information on how to use the Provider Portal for children receiving 30 hours of free childcare a week and validating an eligibility code is also available.

To login in to the Provider Portal and download a copy of the user guide.

The following videos will help you log into the system and validate an eligibility code for a funded 30 hour placement.

Provider Portal 3 and 4 year olds


Provider Portal eligibility checker


For technical issues

Password resets, link requests, system is not doing what it supposed to do call 020 7364 6687 or email

For process related issues

Questions on the various aspects like why, how, if, who, should, etc. then contact 020 7364 1553.