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Useful information from Tower Hamlets

Applying for a nursery or reception school place for September 2024?

To support families with the nursery and reception school application process, the Transition Support Service in partnership with the School Admissions Service are offering free online advice sessions.

Reception application advice sessions (children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020):  Book here

  • Tuesday 12 December 2023 at 1pm
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 at 10am

Reception application deadline: Monday 15 January 2024. 

Nursery application advice sessions (children born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021): Book here

  • Tuesday 19 December 2023, 1pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024, 10am

Nursery application deadline: Friday 16 February 2024.

Let’s Talk SEND: Information session for families

Following the success of last year's event, parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to attend the upcoming Let's Talk SEND information event:

Thursday 30 November, 10.30am-1pm

Brady Arts and Community Centre

192-196, Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

It is a chance to hear from senior leaders about the Local Area SEND system.  There will also be an information marketplace with stalls and updates from education, health and community services that support children with SEND or an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Organised by the Tower Hamlets Independent SEND Parent Forum and featuring the borough’s Parent and Carer Council, parents can also take the opportunity to hear how they can join local parent forums and take part in volunteering opportunities.   

Parents will be able to book ‘bitesize’ 10 minute surgeries with services that support families who have children with SEND – a suggestion made by parents at last year's ‘Let’s Talk SEND’ information event.

The event will be focused on providing information to families who have children with SEND but all Tower Hamlets families are welcome to attend and booking is not required.

Is your child fussy about what they eat?

Girl eating

It can be worrying for parents when their child is fussy about what they eat. In this online workshop, you will be able to share your experiences with other parents and pick up some helpful tips to make mealtimes less stressful for everyone.

Platform to Talk - Encouraging Good Eating Habits

Friday 15 December, 10am - 11am

Delivered online, through Zoom.

For more details and to book your place, email


Has your child missed any of their routine vaccinations?

Parents and guardians of children aged 1 to 11, who are not up to date with their vaccinations, will be offered protection for their children against polio and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) through primary schools and community venues. They can also contact their GP surgery at any time to get their children up to date with their vaccinations.

We have included below a summary of support to help families to keep well this winter.

Find out more here >

Keep well in winter >