Covid-19 Easter Scheme update:

Easter 2021 Scheme is following government guidance and will be offering provision at a reduced capacity to vulnerable children/ young people and other children, where the provision is needed. Please see the government guidance and our FAQs for the full list

Please note the Easter School holiday dates for each school may vary. Please check before booking. Please only send the team queries via email to help us support as many parents and carers as possible. Please do not call.

We appreciate your patience at this difficult time.

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Holiday Childcare Scheme


The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme (HCS) 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. click here to find out more about our scheme.

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

We encourage children to choose their own activities and make decisions for themselves.

See our activity plan for the full timetable of activities available.

 Apply for a place

Upcoming dates

Easter Scheme 29 March – 9 April 2021 (8 days)

Booking closing date: 23 March 2021 by 2pm or earlier once bookings are full

Venue: New school site, Malmesbury Primary School, Coborn Street, Mile End, E3 2AB

Please note the Holiday Childcare Scheme follow the local authority school dates which may vary from your child(ren)’s school. Please check before booking. Any bookings cancelled will incur a £10 cancellation fee.

Bookings are now open

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Working parents/carers resident in the borough

10 March 2021

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

Future dates

June Scheme 1 – 4 June 2021 (4 days)


Places are only confirmed once full payment has been received.

Subsidised rate eligibility

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.

2020/2021 prices

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

8am - 6pm


Working parent/carers resident in the borough

8am - 6pm


Non-working parent/carers who receive benefits

9am - 5pm


Cancellation fee

A £10 cancellation fee will be applied to all cancellations no matter the reason. For further information please see the Holiday childcare scheme policy and procedures.

Apply for a place

Inclusive provisons and referrals 


Referrals from social care and schools will also be considered once we have received both a:

Referral forms should be returned no later than two weeks before the start of the scheme


Children requiring additional support

We offer places to children who require additional support. Any enquires please contact

We work in partnership with the short breaks service, offering funded places to children who meet their eligibility criteria. This is in line with the council’s short breaks statement.

Young carers

We work in partnership with Tower Hamlets Young Carers to help provide respite for young carers. For more information please contact Sorrel Norwood, Young Carers Participation Worker.

Tel: 020 7364 4091


Attended one of our childcare schemes? Why not tell us about your experience by completing our short survey.