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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 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 Family Information Service, FIS, runs sessions every month, the next session is on

For more information and to book email

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

  • Tuesday 15 January 2019, 10am-1pm, Laycock Centre

For more information and to book email

Islington Childminding Training
This is a 3 day introductory training course available 3 times per year, cost £216. The course supports prospective childminders in Islington preparing for their Ofsted registration. The next course is on

  • Thursday 7, Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March 2019, 9.30am to 3pm, cost £216. For more information and to book go to the Islington Childminding Hub

Contact Renate Laux, Childminding and Childcare Information Officer on 020 7527 5927 or email if you have any questions or would like more information.

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 2019. 

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.

Ofsted Guidance

Find out how to become an Ofsted registered childminder. Ofsted's guidance for childminders explains what you need to do to register with Ofsted.