Holiday childcare

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is Ofsted registered and provides childcare for children aged 3 to 13 years old. The holiday provision takes place in Tower Hamlets schools and operates during the school holidays, (excluding the Christmas break), from an option between 8am to 6pm (for working parents) 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, inclusive childcare service encouraging all children to engage and participate 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. They promote and encourage children to choose their own activities and make decisions for themselves.


Bookings for October holiday scheme 2019 are open from Monday 16 September.

Venue: St Matthias School, Bacon Street, London, E2 6DR.

Please note a change in our fees structure. Working parents resident in Tower Hamlets (TH) in receipt of benefits and non working parents in receipt of benefits will be eligible for an extra subsidised rate. Please calculate your cost based on the new fees.

2019 New fees

 TimeCost (per child per day)

Working parents/carers resident in the borough in receipt of working tax benefits

9am - 5pm

8am - 6pm



Working parent/carers resident in the borough

9am - 5pm

8am - 6pm



Non working parent/carers in receipt of benefits

9am - 5pm


Non residents of Tower Hamlets

8am - 6pm



Parents eligible for the extra subsidised rate will be required to show recent proof of benefits during booking. Subsidised payments will not be taken until proof has been shown. All places are only confirmed on receipt of payment.

How to apply

To apply for a place on the holiday scheme, please complete an application under booking documents. Once completed, submit to and then call the office on 020 7364 0523 (during the booking dates appropriate to you, see dates below) to confirm availability and to make payment. Please note places are confirmed on receipt of payment and on a first come, first served basis.

The booking process

Bookings are prioritised for working parents resident in Tower Hamlets. For non working and non residential applicants, times vary and are as follows:

October 2019 Holiday Scheme: Monday 21 October - Friday 25 October 2019 (5 days).

October 2019 bookings


Working parents/carers resident in the borough (to qualify for the subsidised rate those on benefits must provide recent proof such as working tax benefits).

Monday 16 September 2019

Non working parents/carers resident in the borough (to qualify for the subsidised rate those on benefits must provide recent proof such as Income support, JSA, ESA or DLA.)

Monday 7 October 2019

Working parents/carers NOT resident in Tower Hamlets

Monday 14 October 2019



Please note places will be confirmed only upon receipt of full payment. The Tower Hamlets Holiday Scheme is in high demand and places are limited. You will be required to complete an application form for each scheme you are interested in booking.

Inclusive service and referrals

The scheme offers a limited number of places for children requiring additional support. Our aim is to provide equal opportunities for all those involved in the scheme. The scheme works in collaboration with the short breaks service, offering funded places to children who meet their eligibility criteria in line with the council’s short breaks statement.

Referrals from social care will also be considered on receipt of a referral form, and completed application form, which should be returned no later than two weeks prior to each scheme starting. For a referral and application form please see the booking documents section or contact the holiday childcare team on or call on telephone number 020 7364 0523.

Waiting lists

If we are unable to offer your child(ren) a place on the scheme, you can make a request to be added to the waiting list. The waiting list is reviewed as and when places become available and parents/carers will be contacted either by telephone or email.


Future scheme dates

February 2020 Holiday Scheme: Monday 17 February - Friday 21 February 2020 (5 days)

February 2020 bookings open from


Working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 6 January 2020

Non working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 3 February 2020

Working parents/carers not resident in Tower Hamlets

Monday 10 February 2020


Please note there is no scheme over Christmas.

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

Activity plans

The scheme provides good quality, safe, inclusive activities for children who attend. Please see our activity plans for the October scheme.


Read the latest Summer Scheme newsletter.

Holiday Childcare Scheme questionnaire

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


Ofsted information
Scheme siteOfsted URN Ofsted report Ofsted grade
St Mary and St Michael URN EY349265 Ofsted report  Good
St Matthias  URN 119619 Ofsted report Good
Smithy Street URN 2527493 Ofsted report Not yet inspected



Booking documents

Further information

For further information about the scheme and the booking procedure, please contact the Holiday Childcare Team on or 020 7364 0523. Alternatively you can call the Family Information Service on 020 7364 6495.

Holiday Childcare, Parent and Family Support Service
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Parents' Advice Centre
30 Greatorex Street
E1 5NP