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.


Announcement - Tuesday 31 March 2020

Our staff have been working tirelessly at this unprecedented and difficult time with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) to provide holiday childcare for children of key worker staff who live and work in Tower Hamlets.

Childcare will only be provided to those children of key workers as per Government advice. Alternative arrangements in Tower Hamlets are in place for those with an education, health and care plan, and vulnerable children. Please contact your school directly or visit your school website for further information.

Bookings closed: Tuesday 31 March at 13:00

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

At this busy time we urge all parents/carers to avoid phoning where possible and to e-mail so we can support as many families as possible.


Please note our current fees in the following table. Working parents resident in Tower Hamlets (TH) in receipt of working tax credits and non working parents in receipt of working tax credits will be eligible for an extra subsidised rate.

During the coronavirus pandemic we aim to support as many critical key worker staff with childcare arrangements as we can. To support this we have reduced the cost at this scheme to a £1 booking fee per day per child.

2020/2021 fees

 TimeCost (per child per day)

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

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/carers eligible for the extra subsidised rate will be required to provide recent proof of benefits (i.e. within the last three months) before booking in order to qualify. Subsidised payments will not be applied 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 you will need to create an account on the Holiday Childcare booking site.

Create your account and book



  • Select the Register/Sign option and complete all the relevant boxes
  • You will receive a verification email, please follow the link provided to verify your account
  • Select ‘Add Child’ to enter your child(s) information.
  • Please complete all the relevant tabs such as allergies, medication or special need requirements that your child might have

Once this has been completed, you can book your child onto one of the dates available.

Go to the ‘Book’ tab and select the date and time you wish to book your child on.

You will receive an email confirming your child's place.

If you need help creating a Magicbooking account, contact us at

The booking process

Easter 2020 Holiday Scheme: Monday 6 April - Friday 17 April 2020 (8 days).

Please note Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April are bank holidays so the scheme will be closed.E

Easter 2020 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 credits).

Wednesday 25 March.

Key worker staff only.

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.)

Not available at our Easter scheme.

Working parents/carers NOT resident in Tower Hamlets

Wednesday 25 March.

Key worker staff only.


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 by email.

Future scheme dates

May 2020 Holiday Scheme: Tuesday 26 May - Friday 29 May 2020 (4 days)

Please note Monday 25 May is a bank holiday so the scheme will be closed.

May 2020 bookings open from


Working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 27 April 2020

Non working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 11 May 2020

Working parents/carers not resident in Tower Hamlets

Monday 18 May 2020


Summer 2020 Holiday Scheme: Monday 27 July – Friday 21 August (20 days).

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 Easter scheme.


Read the latest February scheme newsletter

Previous editions

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 Met


The holiday childcare scheme sucessfully achieved quality in play status on March 18 2020.

Booking instructions

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