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Holiday Childcare Scheme


The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is Ofsted registered and provides childcare for children aged 3 to 13 years old. The schemes take place during the school holidays, (excluding the Christmas break) within a Tower Hamlets school. See our activity plan for the full timetable of activities available.

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Next Scheme

Summer Scheme 2021, 26 July – 20 August (4 weeks)

Booking closing date: 20 July 2021, 12pm or earlier once bookings are full.

Venue: St Mary and St Michael Primary School, Sutton Street, Stepney, E1 0BD

Please check before booking. Any bookings cancelled will incur a £15 cancellation fee.

Bookings  opening dates and times

Bookings for:Bookings open

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

22 June 2021, 12pm

Non working parents/carer resident in the borough

6 July 2021, 12pm

We reserve the right to alter scheme operation dates/times in line with the requirements of the service.


Places are only confirmed once full payment has been received. You will be eligible for an extra subsidised rate, if you are a:

  • Working parent/carers resident in Tower Hamlets (TH) in receipt of working tax credits and
  • Non-working parents/carers in receipt of benefits (such as Income support, JSA, ESA or DLA)

To qualify, you must give recent proof of benefits (i.e. within the last three months), before booking. Subsidised payments will not be applied until proof has been shown.

2021/2022 prices

Parent/carer statusTimeCost (per child per day)

Working parents/carers resident in the borough who receive working tax credits

8am - 6pm


Working parents/carers resident in the borough who receive working tax credits



Working parent/carers resident in the borough

8am - 6pm


Working parent/carers resident in the borough



Non-working parent/carers who receive benefits

9am - 5pm


Cancellation fee

A £15 cancellation fee will be applied to all cancellations no matter the reason. 

Late collections

Parent/carers must notify the scheme if they will be late collecting their child. A late collection fee of £10 per child up to 30 minutes late and £10 extra per child for each half hour late. If the scheme is not informed, the uncollected Children policy will be followed.

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Inclusive provision and referrals 

Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is a universal service providing support to all children including those with SEND.

Children requiring additional support

Places for children who require additional 1:1 or 1:3 care can be supported on completion of a special needs’ assessment (SNAF) and completed online booking.

The SNAF process can begin before the bookings open please contact holiday.childcare@towerhamlets.gov.uk.


Referrals from social care and schools can be supported after receiving a referral form and completed online booking. Referral forms can be completed before the bookings open and should be returned as soon as possible.

Please email holiday.childcare@towerhamlets.gov.uk.


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