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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Tailored training in your setting

NURSERIES_TH_066Full team training has been shown to strengthen the positive impact of Every Tower Hamlets Child a Talker (ETHCaT) on children’s outcomes. We recognise how difficult and expensive full team training can be. So in response to this, we have refined our training materials so that they can be delivered in bite-sized chunks to the entire staff team, over a series of staff meetings or across two half days.

We have developed two packages which you can request to be delivered in your setting. Both are focused on narrowing the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers. The content can be discussed in more detail with the trainer and can be adapted to meet the needs of the learners.

Every Tower Hamlets child a talker

This focuses on the importance of learning language and its fundamental relationship to learning. Identifies approaches and practical strategies for maximising children’s opportunities to learn language.

Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing

This focuses  on the vital role adults play in helping children to be emotionally and intellectually ready to think and learn. Identifies the skills and approaches that settings can focus on to develop in their practice.

Inclusion and special educational needs

A number of head teachers have asked if it is possible to extend IEYS inclusion support to primary schools.  Unfortunately the national funding requirements limit this service to private, voluntary and independent settings.  However, our six maintained nursery schools have a wealth of experience in this area and are willing to share this with primary colleagues.

Please contact the Workforce Development Team for more information.  Note that specialist training continues to be provided by Phoenix and Stephen Hawking schools – contact these schools direct if you wish to access their support.

Supporting Young Children’s Mathematical Development

Again, focusing on an area of the curriculum that supports narrowing the gap, we have developed a modular package of training which aims to: increase children's’ understanding and attainment in mathematics; develop practitioner understanding of children's mathematical development; increase practitioner confidence to support parents and families; develop a toolkit of SST strategies that support open-ended mathematical investigation, and support practitioners to use the rich environment around them, and to enhance it with mathematical development in mind.


Each training package consists of a total of 5 hours’ training. Please call us to discuss your needs further.

The costs will vary according to delivery requirements, and whether a venue will need to be booked (if you are not using your own setting). Costs will be in the region of £550  for schools and £275 - £300  for MPVI settings.

Settings or schools may wish to work in partnership with each other to share the cost. The total number of participants in a group should not exceed 15. Larger groups will necessitate an additional trainer, and will be charged accordingly.

Please note, it is the settings’ responsibility to ensure that our tutors have adequate IT equipment available if the training is to be held at your designated venue. This includes the following:

  • interactive whiteboard that will enable us to use Microsoft PowerPoint programme to present slideshows
  • access to the internet and access to a TV/DVD player
  • the venue should be large enough to accommodate the number of participants.

Please contact the Workforce Development Team on 020 7364 7947 if you would like to discuss possible dates and packages.


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