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Holidays - childcare, Covid-19 update

Covid-19 update: only very limited childcare is available over the May half-term holiday for critical worker families and vulnerable children. Please speak to your child's school to find out whether they are able to care for your child. 

There will be a limited number of places available at holiday playschemes. Childminders may also be available for holiday childcare.

Highbury Roundhouse May Half-Term Playscheme @ Hanover Primary School, N1 8BD
Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May, 9am to 5pm (closed Bank Holiday Monday)

Ages: Reception children to Year 6: for critical worker families and vulnerable children of Islington residents or those attending Islington schools. Booking essential.

Highbury Roundhouse May Half-Term Playscheme @ Whittington Park Community Centre, N19 4RS
Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May, 9am to 5pm (closed Bank Holiday Monday)

Ages: Reception children to Year 6; for critical worker families and vulnerable children of Islington residents or those attending Islington schools. Booking essential.

Mary's Playscheme @ St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre, N1 2TX
Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May, 9am to 5pm (closed Bank Holiday Monday; limited number of places for extended hours, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Ages: 6-12 years; for critical worker families and vulnerable children of Islington residents or those attending Islington schools. Booking essential.

For more information and help finding childcare contact: Islington Family Information Service (FIS): fis@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 5959.

Please be mindful of the latest government guidance when considering childcare over the holiday.

Non-Covid 19 general information about the service provided (not currently relevant) The Family Information Service can provide a list of local playschemes to care for your children if you are working over the school holidays.

The leaflet will be updated shortly before each holiday, including half term breaks. You can use the link above to print a copy of the most recent Holiday Playschemes list to give you an idea of which schemes are likely to be running.

Holiday schemes are run by a wide range of community and council funded organisations, mainly for children aged five to 14 years. Some nurseries have told us that they can take extra children aged three and four years as well. There are some schemes designed for disabled children and young people and those with additional needs. Many of the schemes run during every holiday, apart from over the Christmas period.

Childminders can also provide holiday childcare. Use the directory to find a childminder in your area, or phone the Family Information Service for advice, 020 7527 5959.

Access to Sports runs free activities during holidays; see website for details. (not currently available)

Islington's Adventure Playgrounds are open all day each holiday, apart from Christmas, for children aged 6 years and above. (not currently available)