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.

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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 2020 Directory 


 PAE directory Autumn 2019


Please see our Spring 2020 Parenting & Adult Education Directory for more information on the programmes available.


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 PAE Team.


Contact Us

Syeda Pasha (Parenting Adult Education Coordinator) 

020 7364 0421 / 07984 277 662


Zubair Ahmed (Parenting Adult Education Coordinator)

020 7364 2240 / 07773 384 947