Dorset Family Information Service
Dorset Family Information Service is a free, impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 19, or up to 25 years for those with special educational needs or disability (SEND).
Find information and advice
Search our children and families section for information about schools, activities and childcare.
Search for services
Find activities, schools, childcare, and more on our Family Information Directory.
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Get up-to-date news and information for children, young people and families.
Sign up to receive our Family Information Service newsletter
Our monthly newsletter gives details about services for families, including what's on near you, help with finding childcare, funding and lots more.
Latest Family Information Service newsletters
See the latest issues of the Family Information Service newsletter:
You can also sign up to our Dorset SEND newsletter for information and guidance for families with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability.
Get Family Information Service news if you live in Christchurch
Sign up to receive Family Information Service newsletters from BCP council.
Find out about the Family Information Service in Christchurch.
Can't find the information you need?
If you're having difficulty finding childcare or accessing a particular service you can request additional support through our Family Information Service Outreach Team.
Our advisors will go the extra mile to help you try and find the childcare and other information that meets your family’s needs.
Updating your Family Information Directory record
If you are an organisation offering services for families see our updating FID records page for instructions on how to update your record on the directory.
Family Information Service privacy notice
Read our Family Information Service privacy notice.
Our service is available from Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 5.30pm.
Find another local authority
If you live in Bournemouth, Poole or another local authority, search for information provided by your Family Information Service