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.

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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.

Autumn 2020 Directory 

We will be resuming our Parenting and Adult Education offer for the Autumn Term between September-December 2020.

We will be offering a reduced limited offer which includes:

  • Fewer courses and programmes

  • Sessions delivered online: a blended offer which is both online and classroom based; and 1 full classroom-based programme.

  • Numbers of learners have been reduced in order to accommodate learning within a socially distanced environment.

  • Limited creche provision which is offered on a first come first served basis

Due to the changes, we are only offering a small number of courses and programmes this term, all of which are due to commence September 2020. In order to see dates, venues and times and how to apply, please see the Autumn term directory which has all the relevant up to date information. 

Autumn Courses

Pre-Entry ESOL

 Health & Social Care Level 1

 Childcare Level 1

 Helping in School Level 1 (Teaching Assistant)

 Community Interpreting Level 1

 Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities

 Positive Change

 Food Safety

 Children's and Young People's Mental Health

 Basic First Aid


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. 


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)


Tel: 020 7364 0421 or 07984 277 662


Zubair Ahmed (Parenting Adult Education Coordinator)


Tel: 020 7364 2240 or 07773 384 947