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  9 weeks of the school holidays, (excluding the Christmas break), from an option between 8am to 6pm (for working parents) or 9am to 5pm.

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 cooking, sports, creative arts and crafts, dance, zumba, games, reading, role play, construction and much more. They promote and encourage children to choose their own activities and make decisions for themselves.

Holiday childcare scheme leaflet

Find out more about the childcare scheme and what the children say about the different activities by clicking the following image.


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 a payment. Please note applications will be processed 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 set out below. Bookings will close as soon as all places have been filled.

Bookings open from

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 8 January 2018

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

Monday 29 January 2018

Working parents NOT resident in Tower Hamlets

Monday 5 February 2018



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 link below or contact the holiday childcare team on or call on telephone number 020 7364 0523.

Next scheme: February 2018 Holiday Childcare Scheme
Date: Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February 2018 (5 days)
Venue: St Matthias Primary School, Bacon Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6DY

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 will be contacted either by telephone or email. 


Admission and fees
 TimeCost (per child per day)

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

8am – 6pm (extended hours)






Non-working parents/carers (in receipt of Income Support/Job Seekers Allowance)



Non residents of Tower Hamlets

8am – 6pm (extended hours)


Future scheme dates

  • Easter 2018 Holiday Scheme
    Tuesday 3 April to Friday 13 April 2018 (9 days)

  • May/June2018 Holiday Scheme
    Monday 28 May to 1 June 2018 (5 days)

  • Summer 2018 Holiday Scheme
    Monday 30 July to Friday 24 August 2018 (20 Days)

  • October 2018 Holiday Scheme
    Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018 (5 days)

Please note there is no scheme at Christmas

  • February 2019 Holiday Scheme
    Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019 (5 days)

Price increases will come into effect from 1 April 2018.

Booking documents

More 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
5th Floor, Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG