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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 free support provided is a mixture of essential information, training and ongoing advice. There is no face to face support due…

Choosing Services and Activities: Keeping Children Safe

Worried about a child? Call Islington’s Children’s Services Contact Team on 020 7527 7400. If you think a child might be at risk from harm please tell us so we can keep them safe and support their family. Calls will be taken by trained professionals.…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Info for Parents

We have put together some advice and information for Parents and Carers in relation to the Coronavirus.

Early Help services for families in Islington

Bright Start 0-5 Support for families from pregnancy until your child is five. Family Support Surgeries, Monday-Friday between 9am-12noon: if you have a question, need some information, advice or guidance our family engagement workers are still here to talk over the phone. If lines are…

Early Years SEN Funding Panel

The purpose of additional SEND Funding Many children with special educational needs and disability may benefit from additional support/intervention. In the first instance this must be organised by the early years setting where existing provision resources and other non-financial support currently available from other external…

Find Children's Centres and Bright Start Services

Coronavirus update: all Bright Start activities have been risk assessed to ensure they comply with government guidelines.Find out what's going on for families with under 5s including indoor, outdoor and online activities:  Bright Start South timetable 6 September to 17 December 2021 Bright Start Central timetable 6 September…

Finding and choosing childcare, how to apply

Covid-19: latest guidance on childcare for parents and carers from gov.uk  You can use this directory to find childcare. Or contact our friendly Family Information Service team: 020 7527 5959; email See also our information on Paying for Childcare and Free early learning and childcare for 2, 3 and 4…

Foster a child

Fostering is caring for someone else’s child in your own home. Foster carers look after babies, children and young people who are often distressed about being separated from their family. Foster carers keep children healthy and safe and help them develop their life skills. Being…

Free childcare and early learning for 2, 3 & 4 year olds - free 15 hours, free 30 hours

Quick links to apply for free early education and childcare: 15 hours free for some 2-year-olds 15 hours free for all 3- and 4-year-olds 30 hours free for some 3- and 4-year-olds Some families can get 15 hours free childcare and early education, per week…

Free School Meals

For information on free school meals, visit our webpage on the council website.

Help for Families New to Islington

Have you recently moved to Islington and have children aged 0-25?  For information about support and services available in your new local area, contact Islington FIS (Family Information Service). Useful links: 1. Activities and support for families with Under 5s at Bright Start Islington venues 2. Finding childcare: Islington…

Help for New Parents in Islington

If you have just had a baby and need information about support and services available in your local area, contact Islington FIS (Family Information Service). Islington FIS helps families with children aged 0-25. Useful links for new parents 1. Registering the birth of your child 2. New…

Holidays - childcare and things to do

Holiday playschemes operate following government guidance. A limited number of free places are available for vulnerable children at each holiday playscheme. Professionals and practitioners should apply direct to providers to enquire about a place for a child they are supporting. Parents can apply direct to schemes…

Housing Queries

For information about a range of housing issues, visit the Housing section of Islington's website.

Infant feeding and relationship building from birth to around 6 months

Breastmilk or first infant formula is the best source of all the food and fluid your baby needs in the first 6 months of life. If you are breastfeeding, breastmilk will continue to give your baby extra protection against illness, for as long as you…

Information for families, Islington FIS

Free, impartial information and advice for families with children and young people aged 0-25 and the practitioners who work with them.  Phone: 020 7527 5959 (answer phone outside 9am to 4pm)Email: fis@islington.gov.ukFollow us on Facebook  

Paying for childcare

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides information and advice about paying for childcare. You can phone the FIS on 020 7527 5959, or email Childcare Choices, provides a helpful summary of paying for childcare options, including Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare. Find out if you…

Registering a Birth

Legally you need to register a birth within 42 days at the Register Office in the area where the baby was born. Find out what you need to do to register your baby's birth in Islington.

Resident Support Scheme

Support for residents in financial crisis. See full details on Islington Council's website.

SEND in the Early Years

It is critical that there is no delay in the early years in identifying the need for, and making any necessary special educational provision. Delay can give rise to loss of self-esteem, frustration and subsequent learning and behaviour difficulties. Early action is crucial to future…