Coronavirus, early years and childcare

Early education and childcare during coronavirus

For child safety, early education and childcare providers follow the guidance issued by the Department for Education. Early education and childcare settings are now open to everyone. 

Children and family centres open

All 12 Children and family centres in Tower Hamlets will remain open with the easing of lockdown. Health and safety remains our top priority - for staff, families and the community. We have adapted our services to be ‘Covid-secure’ and we continue to offer:

- Health appointments

- Early learning for two-year-olds

- Face-to-face support for vulnerable, and newly vulnerable, parents 

- Collection of vitamins

Some small group sessions will be operating, please check our timetable for details.

We follow the latest government guidelines, which means our timetables and services are subject to change.

Please phone your local children and family centres before you visit to make an appointment and find out the latest information.

Training sessions 

We continue to provide blended learning for our 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!

Childcare and early years education

Integrated Early Years Service (IEYS)

The integrated early years service works with partners and stakeholders to address levels of provision and quality in early education and childcare.

The service supports the regeneration of Tower Hamlets by proviStay & Play -25ding childcare for working and training parents and carers, as well as job opportunities in the field.

The overall aim of the service is to ensure high quality provision to support the learning, development and care of young children to prepare them for school and their futures.

We bring together representatives from the private, voluntary and maintained childcare, out of school and play sectors, and the local authority. Together, we maintain an overview of childcare and learning needs and we support Tower Hamlets Council in planning to meet those needs and raise standards of provision.

Support for children and families during COVID-19

Who we support

Who we support

The Integrated Early Years team supports children and families with children and young people from conception to 25 years of age. We also work with childcare settings and schools around quality improvement, SEND support and sufficiency.


Family Support 

Family support

Our Family Support Workers are continuing to support and provide advice to families in need.



Play and Learning


 We have gone virtual! We run play sessions online where you can join in the fun with your child.




We have been providing midwifery and health visiting services through children and family centres. You can also access some services and courses online such as employment support and childcare. As well as pick up your Healthy Start Vouchers and vitamins at the children and family centres.

Childcare for key workers and vulnerable children including those with SEND 

ChildcareWe are continuing to find childcare places for the above in order  to  support communities during this challenging time.


Need advice on childcare and services for young people and families?


The Family Information Service (FIS) provides free, impartial information and advice on childcare as well as general information on a wide range of services for children, young people, parents and families. For further information, please

Tel: 020 7364 5000