Since September 2012, play provision in Camden has been run by community and voluntary organisations, which are funded by us to provide after-school clubs and holiday playschemes for children and young people aged four to 13.
This provision is based in local communities and schools and includes specialist services for vulnerable children, young people and their families with varying needs.
Where can I find after school play and childcare
Camden primary schools and playcentres
Camden primary schools have been linked to their local play providers and some of the play provision will be delivered from existing play centres:
- download: Play providers in Camden which are attached to local schools (PDF
- download: Map showing the locations of Camden-linked play provision (PDF)
Note: Samuel Lithgow, Kingsgate School and P3 are not offering school holiday provision.
However P3, which offers play provision at Brookfield, Primrose Hill, Eleanor Palmer and St Joseph's primary schools, plans to offer school holiday provision in the future.
Other childcare providers
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
1. Claim Tax Credit
If you haven’t claimed Tax Credit already it is worth doing to see if you are eligible.
Even if you receive just a small amount of Tax Credit it could qualify you for a discount that will roughly halve the price you pay for childcare.
There are two types of tax credit - Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. But 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 hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits
2. Apply for the Camden Play discount
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.
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.
Profile of early years and play service users
We commissioned an independent children's charity - the Daycare Trust - to carry out research into early years and play service users.
- download: A copy of the full Daycare Trust report (PDF 2MB)
- Read the executive summary of the Daycare Trust report
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