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About our scheme

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme provides a universal good quality, safe and inclusive childcare service.

We encourage all children to engage and take part in play-based activities indoors and outdoors. Highly qualified staff plan and provide a wide range of fun activities following the children’s interests, supporting children to choose their own activities and make decisions for themselves. Your child/ren will be placed in the appropriate area in the scheme according to their age group.

Parents should provide their child with a packed lunch each day, see our healthy packed lunch guidance.


The Holiday Childcare Scheme is staffed by a manager who takes responsibility for the scheme, a deputy, an early year’s lead, a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) and childcare workers.

All staff have significant experience of working with children, and comply with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and the requirements of the Ofsted Childcare Register.

All staff members have a full up to date Disclosure and Barring Check (DBS) and hold a valid paediatric First Aid certificate.

Holiday Childcare Scheme expectations

Within the scheme we support and expect children to respect each other and the scheme rules.

The rules are formed in collaboration with the staff and the children on the first day of each scheme, and are displayed. The rules include promoting positive behaviour and self-regulation.

Please dress children appropriately. The children will be taking part in physical activities and will need to be comfortable.

Please also ensure your child has clothes for all weather conditions. Please do not bring any toys from home. We cannot take responsibility for loss or damage of toys brought from home.

Early years provision (3-5 years)

Children who are in nursery or reception are placed in our Early Years’ area. Within this space the staff plan and provide activities following the children’s interests, and in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Early Years activities

May/June 2022 Activities, Farm theme
 Area Monday 30 May Tuesday 31 May Wednesday 1 June
 Creativity Zone  Paint farm animal of your choice   Farm animal handprints  Animal collage of a farm 
 Fitness Zone  Skipping is fun  Tag  Hula mania
 Outdoor  Mini football  Mini basketball  Mini tennis
 Baking and cooking  Easy cornflake tarts   Homemade low sugar biscuits   Mini carrot cakes


Download the early years activity plan



Main Scheme and Young Peoples Provision (6-13 years)

Children aged 6 to 10 are placed within our main scheme area. The children can opt to participate in a range of activities.

We also provide a young people’s area for children between the ages of 10 to 13. The children in this area have activities available in a more youth focused environment and can access the main scheme activities too.

Pool, table tennis and Board games are available each day.

Main scheme activity plan

May/June 2022 Activities, Farm theme
 Area Monday 30 May Tuesday 31 May Wednesday 1 June
 Creativity Zone  Animal wind chimes  Farm animal finger puppets  Create your own fam from junk modelling
 Fitness Zone  Mini races  Capture the flag  Dance away
 Outdoor  Dodgeball  Football  Baseball
 Baking and cooking  Easy cornflake tarts  Homemade low sugar biscuits   Mini carrot cakes


Download activity plan




We share newsletters from each scheme to share the highlights with parents/carers and partners.

Read the latest newsletter for April 2022

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