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 8am to 6pm or 9am to 5pm.

The scheme's booking process is prioritised for working parents resident in Tower Hamlets. The bookings open at various times for working, non-working and non-residents of Tower Hamlets. Referrals from social care will be considered on receipt of a referral form , completed application form, and 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 020 7364 0523.

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 range of fun activities following the children’s interests, including cooking, sports, creative arts and crafts, Zumba, games, reading, role play, construction and much more. They promote and encourage children to choose their own activities and make decisions for themselves.

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.

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.


Holiday childcare scheme dates

October Holiday Scheme

Monday 23 – Friday 27 October 2017 (5 days)

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

  • February 2018 Holiday Scheme: Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018 (5 days)
  • Easter 2018 Holiday Scheme: Tuesday 3 – Friday 13 April 2018 (10 days)
  • May/June 2018 Holiday Scheme: Monday 28 – 1 June 2018 (5 days)
  • Summer 2018 Holiday Scheme: Monday 30 July – Friday 24 August 2017 (20 Days) 
  • October 2018: TBC


The Holiday Childcare Scheme bookings process is prioritised for working parents resident in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH).

The bookings open at various times, please see below timings you are eligible to apply. Please be aware that bookings are on a first come first serve basis and bookings close once all places have been filled.

Scheme dates

Working parents/carers resident in the borough

Monday 25 September 2017

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 9 October 2017

Working parents NOT resident in Tower Hamlets

Monday 16 October 2017



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)


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