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. 

Next Scheme

Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2023

5 days. 

Venue: St Mary and St Michaels Primary School, Sutton Street, Street, Stepney, E1 0BD.
Booking close: Tuesday 17 October or earlier once bookings are full.

Bookings opening dates and times

If places become available, details will be shared on this page and the booking link will become live. Please check this page regularly to see if bookings are open for the remaining days of the summer holiday childcare scheme.

Cancellations and refunds

Parents/carers can cancel a booking made through the online booking system. You can to do this up to five working days before the start date of the holiday scheme.

Parents/carers will only receive a refund if they give notice five working days before the scheme starts.

Notice must be in writing by emailing Cancellations made after this date (five working days before the scheme starts) are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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

Bookings forBookings open

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

Tuesday 26 September 2023, 12pm

Non-working parents/carers resident in the borough

Out of borough residents

Tuesday 3 October 2023, 12pm


Tuesday 10 October 2023, 12pm


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

Apply for a place


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.

2023 prices

Parent/carer statusTimeCost (per child per day)

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



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



Working parent/carers resident in the borough



Working parent/carers resident in the borough



Non-working parent/carers who receive benefits



Parents/carers living outside the Borough of Tower Hamlets  



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.

Apply for a place

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


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


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