Parents Information on Health and Educational Services in the Borough

Bright Start Islington

The new name for services for under-5s and their families


You can find Bright Start Islington services in children’s centres, nurseries, health centres, community centres and libraries across Islington. Bright Start supports families from pregnancy to a child’s fifth birthday. As well as childcare and early education, Bright Start Islington provides activities and services including:

Bright Start venues are places you can meet other parents, support each other, and you can make your voice heard by getting involved in designing and reviewing local services. To find out about activities see the Bright Start timetables on Islington Directories:


Bright Start Islington

For more information about your local Bright Start Islington services call the Family Information
Service on 020 7527 5959


Follow this link for information on these topics:

Follow these links below for information on all aspects of health and education.

Healthy Eating – Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England – A Practical Guide

Speech and language – Experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.

Sleep– how much sleep does your child really need

Free Early Education– Is your child entitled to Free early Learning- Follow the link below to find out.

Things to do in Islington

A themed collection of EAL teaching and learning resources for parents/carers of bilingual and multi lingual children.

Think Child – Think Family! How best support to support children and families (NEW) 

What to expect, when? (Advice on Early Years Foundation Stage, EYFS 2016) Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage (NEW)

Weaning your child off the dummy: things to consider

Drinking from a cup

Please see below some more useful links for you to check out.


What is Healthy Start?

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18.
Check if you qualify

Being active while you’re young will help your child stay happy and strong. Please click for activities that can help your child’s heart stay healthy.

For fast, friendly, anytime, trusted NHS advice on breastfeeding. Follow the link here to message our Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend chatbot.

Change4Life is here to help your family be healthier and happier. Find out more about what’s really in the food your family eats by following the link here.

Apps to manage your health

From comparing supermarket ingredients to easing your stress and anxiety, the apps featured in our new digital apps library can support your health and wellbeing. Please click on the Live Well Hub link.

For information and advice about childcare, activities and services for parents and carers, children and young people please click here.

Public Health England has launched their new example menus to help early years professionals plan healthy meals for children in their care. These menus can be found here.