Camden's play offer

After-school provision - Providers are currently following Public Health guidance and offering provision to referred vulnerable children and children of critical workers attending their linked schools. They will run on the basis of bubbles of 15, keeping children from one school together in a single bubble wherever possible and only mixing children from different schools where absolutely necessary to provide a service. Play providers are in contact with their link schools to confirm each centre’s arrangements.

Holiday play schemes - Providers will be following Public Health guidance regarding how they operate. 

Easter 2021 - holiday activities and food programme

Camden Council and the Young Camden Foundation have launched an Easter holiday activities and food programme for five to 16-year-olds who are eligible for free school meals. 

The activities, with a meal, are on offer at a range of local providers for free to any child who receives free school meals at their Camden school, including pupils who live in neighbouring boroughs. Schools have sent letters to families to be used as evidence that children receive free school meals, allowing parents to book directly with providers. Places are limited and are booking up quickly. 

Visit the Camden Rise website for more details and to book or, for general enquiries, contact the Young Camden Foundation.

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.

Holiday play schemes 2021

For other holiday activities for children and young people in Camden, visit the Camden Rise website

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 www.gov.uk/claim-tax-credits

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. This means 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 are free places for children 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.