Camden's play offer

Please note. Play providers have been closed during term time in line with Government guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. They are now ready to welcome children on site when the summer holidays begin.
Most providers are planning to open from 27 July to 21 August. They are prioritising places for children with disabilities, those in need and children of critical workers. Most are already fully booked.

The play provision in Camden is run by community and voluntary organisations. They are funded by the Council to provide after-school clubs and holiday playschemes for children aged four to 12.

This provision includes specialist services for vulnerable children, young people and their families with varying needs.

Summer holiday play schemes 2020

Please note: as of 16/7/20 most of these providers listed in the guide below are fully booked and we have indicated where this is the case. This may change if there are cancellations or providers are able to expand their offer and we will aim to keep this information updated throughout the summer.

Summer holiday play schemes in Camden 2020 (PDF)

After-school play and childcare

Camden primary schools are linked to their local play providers.

Play providers attached to local schools - 2020 (PDF)

Other childcare providers

Find further details of all childcare providers, including holiday and after school provision (called out of school care) for over 5s

Cut the cost of play and childcare

Places at discounted cost are available for low income working parents and full time students. You may be eligible for a place at discounted cost if you live in Camden and:

•    you qualify for working tax credit and your income is less than £35,000, or
•    you are a lone parent working 16 hours or more and you qualify for child tax credit, or
•    you are in full time education

There are three steps to claiming a discount

Step 1. Claim Tax Credit

There are two types of tax credit – Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. You only need to complete one claim form even if you want to claim both.

You can only get a tax credits claim pack from the Tax Credit Helpline: 0345 300 3900. You can't download a claim form or make your claim online.

For more about working tax credit and how to claim go to

Step 2. Apply for the Camden Play discount

download: Subsidised play eligibility assessment form (Word)

If you receive a discount it will reduce your Tax Credit by a small amount. However the lower cost of play sessions will be bigger than the change to your Tax Credit so you will be better off.

Step 3. Tell the Tax Credit Office

Once you qualify for the Camden discount you will need to let the Tax Credit Office know.

Are there any free places?

There will be free places for children who are assessed as being ‘Children in Need’ and disabled children eligible for short breaks.

If your family currently has a social worker, please contact them for further details on accessing a free place.