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National Association of Family Information Services

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The National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) is a registered charity that supports, links and promotes Family Information Services (FIS) in Great Britain. NAFIS represents a network of quality Family Information Services across England, Wales & Scotland. NAFIS is advised by a Steering Group.

In June 2011, NAFIS merged with Daycare Trust and we are now working together to support families through local Family Information Services (FIS). Today, FIS are a vital resource for families, ensuring that they have reliable information about childcare in their local area, someone they can speak to about their childcare needs and access to extra support to find and take up the right childcare through brokerage services.

This section has information and resources for families and professionals about Family Information Services.

About FIS

Find out more about the role of Family Information Services (FIS) and find your local FIS.

Membership

Find out more about the benefits of NAFIS membership and join today.

Families First

Find out about the Families First Award quality standard and login to your e-portfolio.

NAFIS projects

Find out more about NAFIS projects, including the Making It Personal project we are delivering with KIDS.

NAFIS news

The section below includes stories and information that may be of interest to you. To suggest a news item contact info@daycaretrust.org.uk.

NAFIS conference 2013

Following a very successful conference in Birmingham on 12th February, we are pleased to make the presentations and workshop slides available for download.

All Presentations - Warning: very large file!

Making it Personal Presentation

Making it Personal - Questions

Making it Personal - Top Tips

Huw Wilkinson - Welsh Government

Jovian Smalley and Philip Ryan - London Region, Good Practice Working Group

KIDS Presentation

Kate Warboys - Open Objects, Portal World 

Conference Programme

Highlights this year were a panel discussion between DfE and DH on information as well as workshops including a follow up to the Making it Personal seminars earlier in the year. The London region will be presenting its Good Practice Working Group and it is, of course, a chance to network with colleagues from all over the UK. In addition there will be presentations of the Quality Award including Aberdeen, our first Scottish FIS to gain accreditation. Many congratulations to Buckinghamshire, Bristol and Central Bedfordshire who also received the award as well as Cardiff who have recently been re-accredited under the FFQA award scheme.

Main presentation and workshop slides from 2012 are still available to download.  

NAFIS members can download additional resources from the event by visiting the NAFIS members' section of our website.

New Research into Family Information Service from NAFIS and Daycare Trust

NAFIS and Daycare Trust have performed a survey of Family Information Services and published a briefing on the results.

Read the report here

New 'Find your FIS' search

The NAFIS 'Find your FIS' function has been redesigned and it's now even easier to find your local Family Information Service.

If you link directly to the old 'Find your FIS' function, don't forget to change your link to the new version: www.daycaretrust.org.uk/findyourFIS.

 Appointment of NAFIS Manager

We are pleased to announce that Anthony Ellison has been appointed as the new Membership Manager for NAFIS/Family and Childcare Trust.

Anthony was the Manager of Lewisham FIS and has been the NAFIS steering committee lead on Families First. He will be working with Family and Childcare Trust and NAFIS members to develop NAFIS membership services.