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Becoming a childminder

Islington FIS

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
Come to a short information session and find out how to get started. The Family Information Service, FIS, runs sessions at local children's centres every month. 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 Friday 23 March 2018, 10-11am at Bemerton Children's Centre.  You don't need to book to attend the session just come to the children's centre at 10am.

Pre-registration Briefings
A free 3 hour pre-registration briefing is held at Laycock Centre every term. Attend a session to receive essential information about the Ofsted registration process, training  and support for prospective childminders and the Childcare Business Grants Scheme.

Islington Childminding Training
This is a 3 day introductory training course available 3 times per year, cost £210. The course supports prospective childminders preparing for their Ofsted registration.

  • The next course is on Thursday 28 June, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July 2018. For more information and to book go to the Islington Childminding 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.