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). FIS are a vital resource for parents, 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.
Find out more about the benefits of NAFIS membership and join today.
Find out more about NAFIS projects, including the Making It Personal project we are delivering with KIDS.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
The new name for Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute.
Report reveals childcare is the luxury that families have to afford as figures show that nursery, childminder and after-school club costs are all rising at more than double the rate of inflation.
The two charities merged on 1 January 2013 and the new charity will be launched in April 2013.
A review of Daycare Trust's achievements in 2012