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.

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.

 The Mayor and Councillor visit the Holiday Childcare scheme

HCS visit from TH Mayor Visit from Cllr Danny

Councillor Danny Hassell and Mayor John Biggs visits the Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme this summer 2018.

Holiday Childcare fees consultation

Tower Hamlets Local Authority Holiday Childcare Scheme are currently reviewing our fees structure. The proposal is to increase the council’s Holiday Childcare Scheme fees. This is to ensure a more cost-effective, accessible provision is available for Tower Hamlets children and families.  

This short questionnaire should only take a few minutes to answer. Please take the time to complete it below as it will form part of our consultation.

It is aimed at families who are considering using holiday provision for their children.

The consultation will close on the 27 November 2018.

Please complete the short questionnaire, your views are important to us.


Next scheme

Bookings are now closed

October 2018 Holiday Childcare Scheme

Dates: Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018 (5 Days)
Venue: St Matthias Primary School, Bacon Street, London, E2 6DY 

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 2018 bookings

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 17 September 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 8 October 2018

Working parents NOT resident in Tower Hamlets

Monday 15 October 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.

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)


Working parents/carers resident in the borough

9am - 5pm


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

9am - 5pm


Non-residents of Tower Hamlets

8am – 6pm (extended hours)


Future scheme dates

  *Please note there is no scheme during the Christmas break

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

Venue: St Matthias Primary School, Bacon Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6DY

February 2018 bookings open from

Working parents/carers resident in LBTH

 Monday 14 January 2019

Non-working parents resident in LBTH

 Monday 4 February 2019

Working parents not resident in LBTH

 Monday 11 February 2019

Holiday Childcare Scheme questionnaire

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

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