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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.…

Early Help Services for families in Islington

Coronavirus update: If you have a family support worker they will continue to remain in contact with you during this period. If you would like to speak to a Bright Start family support worker please email: brightstartwest@islington.gov.uk; brightstarteast@islington.gov.uk; brightstartsouth@islington.gov.uk If you are not sure which Bright…

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…

Esol Classes

Find Esol classes on the Adult and Community Learning website. Esol classes are also available at City and Islington College. The Family Information Service also keeps information on Esol Classes which are occasionally run at a range of voluntary sector organisations. Please call 020 7527…

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.We have developed a programme of activities and teams are supporting parents over the phone. Happy 3rd Birthday Bright Start! Watch this video celebrating all the achievements of Bright Start’s integrated services…

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…

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 provide childcare for Islington families during every school holiday, apart from Christmas. Childminders can also provide holiday childcare. Use the directory to find a childminder in your area, or phone the Family Information Service (FIS) for advice, 020 7527 5959, or contact the FIS by…

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  

Nannies

The Family Information Service provides general advice and information about hiring a nanny, nanny sharing and au pairs, but cannot provide details of individuals or agencies. Nannies provide 'home childcare' which takes place in a child's home. Please note that unlike childminders, nannies do not…

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. In Islington, for people just…

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.