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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…

Find Children's Centres and Bright Start Services

Bright Start Islington services are for under-5s and their families. You can find our services in children's centres, nurseries, health centres, community centres and libraries across Islington. We support families from pregnancy to a child's fifth birthday. As well as childcare and early education, Bright Start…

Finding and choosing childcare, admissions

Islington FIS, Family Information Service, has information about all childcare available in Islington. You can use this directory to find childcare, by going to the Childcare and early education section, or by adding 'childcare' to the keyword search box at the top of this page and then…

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…

Holidays - childcare and things to do

The Family Information Service can provide a list of local playschemes to care for your children if you are working over the school holidays. Find holiday playschemes The leaflet will be updated shortly before each holiday, including half term breaks. You can use the link…

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…