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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 26 April 2017.
  • Pre-registration Briefings
    Attend a free 3 hour pre-registration briefing to receive essential information about the Ofsted application process and training for prospective childminders. The next briefing is on Tuesday 23 May 2017, 10am-1pm. Book online through the IslingtonCS Training and Services Hub.
  • Islington Childminding Training
    This is a 3 day course available 3 times per year. The next course is planned for June 2017, 10am-3pm, cost £200, dates to be confirmed. For more information and to book go to the IslingtonCS Training and Services Hub. Dates of the next course to be confirmed.

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

HMRC e-learning

Use the HMRC e-learning tool 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.