Meet other childminders

Childminder stay-and-play sessions at local children’s centres offer opportunities to meet other childminders. They are supported by a qualified practitioner who can help you when you start working. Childminders can get resources from libraries and toy libraries and some free short workshops are organised at childminder stay and play sessions.

Childminder groups

23 Ramsay Walk, N1 2SX

Tuesday, 9.30 - 11.30

Ximena De Castro:  The early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and give practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

TREASURE BASKET WORKSHOP  - Tuesday 19 November 9.30 -11.30. Please come along with your  babies and young children to explore natural objects, textures and colours nurturing and developing their curiosity.You will gain some ideas and pratical advice on using treasure baskets in your own settings.

Sandra Nicholson Childminding coordinator will be attending the group:17 September 2019, 15 October 2019,19 November 2019

Moreland Children’s Centre  

2 Gard Street, EC1V 8BX Tel: 020 7527 8144                                                                                    

Monday, 9.30 – 11.30

The early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and giving practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

Sandra Nicholson Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 23 September 2019, 28 October 2019, 25 November 2019

Little Angel Studio

 

132 Sebbon Street, N1 2EH

Friday, 9.30 – 11.00

Ximena De Castro , the early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and giving practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 18 October 2019

The Factory Children’s Centre

107 Matthias Road, N16 8NP    Tel: 020 7060 7487

Monday, 10 – 12

Janine O’Brien, the early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and giving practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

Sandra Nicholson Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 9 September 2019, 14 October 2019, 11 November 2019, 9 December 2019

Ambler Children’s Centre

Blackstock Rd, N4 2DR (entrance via Romilly Rd)  Tel: 020 7359 7628

Thursday, 9.30 – 11.30

Esther Flynn, the early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and giving practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 10 October 2019, 7 November 2019, 5 December 2019

Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre

71 Ronalds Rd, N5 1XB

(2 weekly sessions for childminders & parents)

Wednesday, 9.30 – 1.30

Thursday, 9.30 – 1.30

Carmel Zanre, the early year’s practitioner provides a stimulating environment, through well-planned activities that support young children’s learning and development. 

Sandra Nicholson Childminding coordinator will be attending the group:

Hornsey Road Children’s Centre

8 Tiltman Pl, Hornsey Road, N7 7EN    Tel: 020 7527 2005

Thursday, 9.30 – 11.30

Janine O’Brien, the early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and giving practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group:18 September 2019,17 October 2019, 14 November 2019, 12 December 2019 

Caxton House Community Centre

129 St. John’s Way, N19 3RQ     Tel: 020 7263 3151

Celia Facey, is an experienced play worker, providing a stimulating environment, through well planned activities that support young children’s learning and development. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 2 September 2019

St Johns

Holloway Walk, N19 3XU

(childminders & parents)

Tuesday, 9.30 – 1pm

Wednesday, 9.30 – 1pm

Joan Dankwah is an experienced play worker, provide a stimulating environment, through well planned activities that support young children’s learning and development. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 15 October 2019

Whittington Park, Early Years Hub

Holloway Rd, N19 4RS     Tel: 020 7272 1847

Wednesday 9.30 – 12noon

Samantha Wakelin the early year’s practitioner provides a stimulating environment, through well planned activities that support young children’s learning and development. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group:18 September 2019

Willow Children’s Centre

1a Holbrooke Court, N7 0BF     Tel: 020 7527 1990                                            

(term time only)

Tuesday, 10 – 12 noon

Sharon Henry, the early year’s practitioner will be available to support the group to plan for the next session, support children’s interests and giving practical advice on children’s learning and development. 

TREASURE BASKET WORKSHOP  - Tuesday 14 November 10 -12. Please come along with your  babies and young children to explore natural objects, textures and colours nurturing and developing their curiosity.You will gain some ideas and pratical advice on using treasure baskets in your own settings.

 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 24 September 2019, 29 October 2019, 19 November 2019

 

Register of Good Practice

It’s a good idea to visit an early years' or childminder setting who is on the Register of Good Practice to find out about a particular area of expertise, such as informative and family-friendly profile books. Islington childminders are invited to attend termly forum meetings for regular updates, opportunities for networking and to share good practice.

Register of Good Practice

Quality Assurance Scheme

Islington childminders can benefit from the Quality Assurance Scheme called ‘Flexi Network’. All childminders are members of the ‘Flexi Network’ and are supported and monitored by the childminding coordinators. Childminders work towards 10 quality standards which cover all aspects of childminding from keeping children safe to working with families.

Childminders who meet these standards are quality assured and therefore show commitment to offering the best possible childcare service. This is because they continue to develop their services and evaluate what they are providing for children through regular training and support. They also show a strong commitment to work in partnership with parents and their local children’s centre.

Promoting childminding as a childcare option and advertising 

Islington Family Information Service, FIS, is a telephone and web-based information and advice service. Parents, carers and practitioners use the Islington online directory to find childminders or download the childminder vacancy list. 

Islington childminders can advertise their services with the FIS including current and future vacancies. Speed minding sessions are organised by the FIS at local children’s centres where parents can meet childminders at an informal stay and play session. Parents can also visit regular childminder stay and play sessions at children’s centres to meet local childminders.

Islington Directory

SEND Support in the Early Years

What to do if you think a child may have special educational needs

If you think a child in your care has special educational needs, you may want to speak to the Islington Early Years Area SENCO Team for information, guidance and support regarding planning your next steps. For details of how to contact the team see the 'Triage Referral Process' page and for key documents see 'SEND Support in the Early Years'. To find out what funding is available to support all Early Years practitioners - including childminders - to meet the needs of children with SEND in your care, see 'EY SEND Funding'.

Triage Referral Process

SEND Support in the Early Years

EY SEND Funding