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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 including: Information SessionsCome to a short information session and…

Finding and choosing childcare, admissions

COVID-19 update: if your child is in the vulnerable group or you're a critical worker, it's still safe to keep your child at home if you can. We appreciate this is an incredibly difficult time but this is to protect your family and others in…

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…

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…

Islington FIS, Information for Families

Free, impartial information and advice for families with children and young people aged 0-25 and the practitioners who work with them.   

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, email fis@islington.gov.uk or see below for further information. Childcare Choices, provides a helpful summary of paying for childcare options, including Tax-Free Childcare and 30…

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…

Working with children

Islington's Family Information Service (FIS) provides a jobs bulletin every two weeks showing vacancies with nurseries, schools, and all children and young people's services. If you would like to subscribe to the jobs bulletin, please email fis@islington.gov.uk including your phone number in the email. The Early…