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!

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Parent & Adult Education

Adult learning APCC

The Integrated Early Years’ Service (IEYS) and Parenting and Adult Education (PAE) team with all Children’s Centres work alongside all local schools, community centres and Private Voluntary and Independent Settings (PVI’s). The IEYS’ aim is to design and implement parenting, adult learning, ESOL and similar courses and programmes for families with children from pre-birth to 11 years old.

Who we support

Tower Hamlets programmes and courses target local families with children (pre-birth to 11 years of age).  We work with a range of partners and stakeholders to ensure that we deliver a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of our service users.

Our offer

Integrated Early Years’ Service (IEYS) offers a variety of programmes and courses which are delivered on a termly basis, but in some cases we may start an ad-hoc provision determined by the service users’ need.  IEYS also provides crèche facilities, but please note that there are limited spaces on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  To find out more about our available programmes and courses, see the PAE directly below.

All programmes, courses and crèche services are free but subject to specific eligibility criteria.

Spring 2021 Directory 

We have increased our Parenting and Adult Education offer for the Spring Term between January- March 2021.

We continue to offer a reduced limited offer which includes:

  • Fewer classroom based courses and programmes
  • Increased number of sessions delivered online with access to a wider content
  • Increased blended offer which is both online and classroom based learning
  • Numbers of learners for both the classroom and blended learning remains reduced in order to accommodate learning within a socially distanced environment.
  • Limited creche provision which is offered on a first come first served basis

As in line with Government Guidance and Public Health we have manage to continue to on the success of our service offer which we resumed in September 2021, as a result of which we have increase the offer on our courses and programmes this term, all of which are due to commence January 2021. In order to see dates, venues and times and how to apply, please see the Spring term directory which has all the relevant up to date information. 

Spring Courses

Pre-Entry ESOL

ESOL

ESOL for Integration

ESOL Conversation Club

Health & Social Care Level 1

Childcare Level 1

Helping in School Level 2 (Teaching Assistant)

Helping in School Level 3 (Teaching Assistant)

Community Interpreting Level 2

Maths

English

Employability and Aspiration

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities

Positive Change

Safeguarding and Prevent

Children's and Young People's Mental Health

Internet Safety

 

Please note these sessions will be delivered from the children and family centre venues and anyone attending these sessions will be required to follow strict social-distancing measures for the site concerned. A range of actions will also 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 would like further information or to discuss anything, please contact the Parenting Adult Education Team on 020 7364 2240/ 0421. 

Eligibility

In order to qualify for our programmes, you should be:

  • A Parent/Carer of a child (pre-birth to 11 years old) living in Tower Hamlets

  • Registered with a Children’s Centre

Some courses will require you to meet the additional criteria below:

  • UK/EU resident for three years or more

  • Unemployed

  • Household Income below £20,000 per year

  • Receiving unemployment benefits

Please note that for higher level programmes, you will also have to meet entry requirements (depending on the course).  Please contact the PAE Team.

How to apply

Pop down to your local Children’s Centre and tell the staff member what programme or course you are interested in. They can also help you with the registration process, take your EIS ID number and direct you to the appropriate waiting list.

If you apply for a parenting programme, you will be asked to provide consent to complete a Parenting Referral Form. Children’s Centre staff will confirm your personal details to ensure our information is up to date and you will also have the opportunity to highlight any support needs. Please don’t forget to let us know if you need crèche facilities.

For more information please contact the Parenting Adult Education Team.

Contact Us

Syeda Pasha (Parenting Adult Education Coordinator)

Email: syeda.pasha@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Tel: 020 7364 0421 or 07984 277 662

 

Zubair Ahmed (Parenting Adult Education Coordinator)

Email: zubair.ahmed@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7364 2240 or 07773 384 947