What is Families First?
The Families First Award is a quality assurance process for Family Information Service (FIS) agencies operating in the UK. It was developed by NAFIS in conjunction with FIS practitioners and the Department for Education (DfE) as a tool to measure the effectiveness of a FIS agency's delivery of its statutory obligation to meet the Information Duty in Section 12 (Section 27 in Wales) of the 2006 Childcare Act.
The Award contains a set of 11 Standards (plus Standard 10 for FIS agencies in Wales) against which a FIS is assessed in its delivery of its statutory obligation and is the only recognised and endorsed measure available. A FIS agency collects physical evidence against each of the elements within each of the Standards and then collates this using the Learning Assistant on-line e-Portfolio.
To find out more, choose one of the following Families First Quality Award for Children's Centres, Schools and Childminder Agencies:
Children’s Centres have requested a NAFIS quality award to more accurately reflect their role in providing high quality information services to parents in line with the Information Duty (Childcare Act 2006).
NAFIS is pleased to launch the new set of standards for Children’s Centres that build upon the original Families First Quality Award (FFQA) for local authority Families Information Services (FIS).
All schools know that valuing parents and providing information to families is a keypart of their work. The Families First Quality Assurance Scheme is an opportunity for schools to demonstrate quality of work to families and the relevant school inspectorate (Ofstedfor England / Estyn for Wales).
NAFIS has developed these standards in partnership with Suffolk County Council. They have been designed help schools demonstrate how they keep families at theheart of their practice, support children throughout their education and workpartners including local authority Families Information Services to help families access a range of information, advice and support.
Childminder Agencies are a new addition to the range of childcare options availablein the UK. NAFIS has developed these standards with Suffolk County Council to help Childminder Agencies demonstrate how they keep families at the heart of their practice, support children through the Early Years Foundation Stage and work withlocal authority Families Information Services and a range of other partners.
If you are interested in working towards a Families First Award, please complete the expression of interest form below.
Please take a look at this presentation which explains the Families First Award process and will hopefully answer any initial questions which often arise at the start of the process.
60 FIS currently hold the Families First Award.
Recent Awards were made to Suffolk, Medway, East Riding of Yorkshire and Surrey FIS.
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