Information for registered childcare providers

Childcare settings in Hillingdon can choose to offer childcare hours that are free to parents but which settings receive funding for from through government schemes.

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Support and useful resources

Support and useful resources

Find information on support groups, our buddy scheme and useful resources for childcare providers.

Childminder support groups

Our childminder support groups provide a space to discuss any childminding related issues or concerns and are usually held in our children's centres. Please contact the relevant centre for more information.

Buddy scheme

The buddy scheme is a support programme for new childminders who are ready to apply for their registration to Ofsted.

A 'buddy' is an experienced childminder who, having successfully completed a training and assessment programme, provides advice on what to expect at the Ofsted registration visit and how to prepare for it.

Once registration has been completed, a buddy can also offer support and advice on being a self-employed childminder.

If you are interested in becoming a buddy, email Zelda Parker at or call 01895 556539.

Ofsted inspections: What early years providers and practitioners need to know

Useful resources

Page last updated: 01 Nov 2023