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 to current circumstances relating to Covid-19 but we are offering short online sessions called 'Pathway to registering as a childminder'. The next session is on

  • Thursday 9 February 2023, 10-11.30am

For more information and to book email

Islington Childminding Training
This is a free introductory training course available 3 times per year. The course supports prospective childminders in Islington preparing for their Ofsted registration. You need to attend a pathway session before you can attend the training course.

The next course is is a mixture of online and classroom sessions delivered over 4 days on

  • 22 February 2023, online session from 10am-1pm
  • 23, 28 February and 2 March, classroom sessions from 10am-2.30pm

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

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Pre-registration Childminding Course

Islington childminding pre-registration training is for Islington residents who are interested in becoming a childminder. This free course is part of our pathway to becoming registered with Ofsted.

The course offers structured training sessions with presentations and facilitated discussions including

  • online sessions from 10am to 1pm
  • classroom sessions from 10am to 2.30pm
  • tasks to complete in your self-learning time.

You will be assigned a named tutor on the first day so you can share your work, ask questions and get support throughout the course. We are a small team with a lot of experience working with Islington childminders.

The aim of the course is to

  • support you to understand the process of becoming registered with Ofsted and building knowledge about becoming a childminder
  • introduce the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and develop understanding of the requirements of the EYFS
  • explain how to make the home safe through risk assessments
  • give an introduction on how to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • deliver an induction to safeguarding session including procedures.

To be able to attend the course you need to:

  • attend a pathway session
  • complete the enrolment form (your booking will be confirmed when we receive the enrolment form)
  • have time to attend all sessions and to study in your own time
  • have access to the internet and either a laptop, tablet or smart phone with a working camera
  • be willing to take part in discussion about becoming a registered childminder and running your own business.

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