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.

All childminder groups and stay and play sessions have now been closed from Monday 23 March until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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. 

 

Sandra Nicholson Childminding coordinator will be attending the group:

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:

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. 

 

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:

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:

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: 5 February 2020

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:

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:

St Johns

Holloway Walk, N19 3XU  Tel: 07849 169765

(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:

Whittington Park, Early Years Hub

Holloway Rd, N19 4RS     Tel: 020 7263 6896

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:

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. 

Jo Hunter Childminding coordinator will be attending the group: 

 

 

Partnership Working

We warmly encourage Islington childminders to work in partnership together with us.This supports the offer of high quality practice and provision in a home setting as part of Islington’s Bright Start services for parents and children. It can form part of your marketing strategy acting as an attractive selling point for parents who can be reassured that you are making best use of the support on offer from the local authority. Information for parents on the local authority website encourages them to speak to their childminder about partnership working. You can participate in programmes such as Healthy Early Years London and the Register of goood practice.

Supporting documents  are below for more information please contact Jo Hunter or Sandra Nicholson the childminder coordinators.

Register of Good Practice

To support your own professional development, early years practitioners and childminders are encouraged to visit settings or childminders listed on Islington's Register of Good Practice.  

Islington childminders are also invited to attend termly forum meetings for regular updates, opportunities for networking and to share good practice.

Coronavirus Update

Good practice visits will not be possible during this pandemic however the settings and childminders listed are keen to share their areas of expertise via remote methods of communication. Please contact the setting/childminder directly to arrange a remote meeting/telephone appointment to hear more about the aspect of good practice that has been developed.  

Register of Good Practice

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