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Becoming a childminder

For those wishing to become a childminder in Islington, the Early Years and Childcare team offer a 'pathway' to becoming registered with Ofsted. The support provided is a mixture of essential information, training and ongoing advice including:

  • Information Sessions
    The Family Information Service, FIS, runs short information sessions at local children's centres every month. No need to book, just come to a session and meet the Childminding and Childcare Information Officer who will explain what is involved in becoming a childminder. You can ask questions and find out about support available to you. The next information session is on 17 July 2017, 10-11am at Bemerton Children's Centre.
  • Pre-registration Briefings
    Attend a free 3 hour pre-registration briefing to receive essential information about the Ofsted application process, training for prospective childminders and the new Childcare Business Grants Scheme. The next briefing is on 12 September 2017, 10am-1pm at Laycock Centre. To book email
  • Islington Childminding Training
    This is a 3 day course available 3 times per year. The next course is on Thursday 29 June, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July 2017, 10am-3pm, cost £200. For more information and to book go to the IslingtonCS Training and Services Hub. 

If you have any questions about becoming a childminder, you can contact Renate Laux, Childminding and Childcare Information Officer on 020 7527 5927 or email

Childcare Business Grants Scheme

The purpose of the new Childcare Business Grants Scheme is to help newly registered childminders with the cost of starting their business. The grants scheme is funded by the Department for Education and is due to end by March 2018. 

For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply go to

HMRC Tax Advice for Childminders

Use the free HMRC online guide for childminders to find out about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses. It provides useful tips and you can look at different subjects in your own time.