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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. This takes place in Tower Hamlets schools and runs during the school holidays, (excluding the Christmas break) from:

  • 8am to 6pm (for working parents/carers) or
  • 9am to 5pm

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, including:

  • sports,
  • cooking,
  • creative arts and crafts,
  • street dance,
  • zumba,
  • games,
  • film making and much more.

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

Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2020 (5 days)

Booking closing date: Tuesday 20 October 2020 or sooner once fully booked

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

Bookings open for residents and non-residents

Booking open forBooking open

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

5 October

Non-working parents/carers residents of Tower Hamlets Council

12 October

Working parents/carers not resident in Tower Hamlets

12 October 

Future dates

February 2021 Holiday Scheme

Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February 2020 (5 days)

Future bookings for residents and non-residents

Booking open forBooking open

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

11 January 2021

Non-working parents/carers residents of Tower Hamlets Council

1 February 2021

Working parents/carers not resident in Tower Hamlets

1 February 2021

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.

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

Parent/carer statusTimeCost (per child per day)

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


Non-residents of Tower Hamlets

8am - 6pm


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, referrals and young carers

We offer a limited number of places to children who need additional support. We work 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.


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

Referral forms should be returned no later than 2 weeks before the start of the scheme

Email: holiday.childcare@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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: 0207 364 4091

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact the holiday childcare team

Tel: 020 7364 0523 (10am to 4pm)

Email: holiday.childcare@towerhamlets.gov.uk


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