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-year-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!

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’s 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's centre.

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