Holiday Playscheme


Booking dates for the 2023-24 Holiday Playschemes are:


  • Summer Holiday playscheme (29 July – 23 August 2024) – bookings from Monday 17 June.
  • October Half Term playscheme (28 – 31 May 2024) – bookings from Monday 16 September.


Places are limited so make sure you contact us as soon as bookings open.

It is your responsibility to contact Elizabeth House to book for the Playscheme. Places will be given out on a first come first served basis from the date bookings open (we do not accept any booking requests prior to the dates listed above). Places can only be confirmed once payment is received.

The Playscheme runs from 9 am to 5.30 pm. You are required to book a full week.

Ad-hoc bookings are subject to availability (if there are other families requesting ad hoc days we will try to match them). We need to ensure we have adequate staffing and remain financially viable to run the service. 



Booking your child for the first time?

The Holiday Playscheme is for children from Reception to Year 9. Our Ofsted registration number is EY489588.

All those wishing to book for any Holiday Playscheme will need to fill in a registration form before booking:


If your child has SEND, you will be required to complete this Childcare Registration Form SEND_2023 to ensure that we can fully support your child during the Playscheme.

Your child(ren) will then need to be assessed by booking a pre-visit to Elizabeth House. Without the assessment your child(ren) will not be booked.

Elizabeth House can only take a limited number of children with SEND. This is due staffing ratio’s and ensuring all children are safely supported.


The current price for a child attending is £20 a day or £100 a week.

The concession price for those receiving universal credit or DWP support is £10 a day, or £50.00 a week (proof must be provided).


For information on other playschemes, please visit the Council website


Lunch Bunch programme (formerly known as Holiday Activity and Food programme – HAF)

More information will be available about Lunch Bunch programme over the summer holidays in due course. Please refer to for Lunch Bunch activities in Islington.


What’s on offer?

Our playscheme works in line with Ofsted ratio of 1:8 for under 8s and 1:15 for over 8 years old.


If your child requires additional staffing support such as 1:1, 1:2 or 1:4 then please contact Short Breaks or see additional SEND services delivered by HAF on Plinth where your child needs can be supported by a specialist team.

We ask parents to fully declare their child’s needs so we can ensure their needs are best met, failing to do will result in cancellation of booking.


Each Playscheme provides a fun and varied programme including sports, cookery, team games, music, arts and crafts, quiet zones and computer sessions. 


There are also weekly trips to a range of exciting places. The trips vary, but previous trips have included rowing, ice-skating, bowling, wilderness challenge, adventure playground, picnics or trampolining.


The Playscheme is run by enthusiastic, experienced staff who aim to provide fun and challenging activities in a safe and secure environment. They also encourage all children to participate in all activities to ensure they are making the most of their time at the centre.


Children attending Elizabeth House can learn new skills, develop confidence and make new friends.