Help with Parenting & Family Advice


The Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) is the first point of contact for local information and advice for parents and families.

They provide information and support about services including childcare (and costs), health, things to do, additional needs, education, parenting and more.

They can link you with groups in your area and expert advice and support services where needed.


Flying Start

Flying Start provides a range of services to families to help their children get the best start in life.

If you live in a Flying Start area with a child under 4 years of age you are entitled to parenting support.

You can access free part-time childcare for 2-3 year olds, parenting support, enhanced Health Visiting service and support for your child’s speech, language and communication.


Families First

The Families First programme helps families, particularly those with low incomes, who need extra support.

Bringing together organisations based on your circumstances they can help you to live in a safe and healthy home.

They can help your family into work, through difficult circumstances, or if you are living in or at risk of poverty.

There is a Families First delivery team in every local authority.

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Other Services Available

  • Parenting. Give It Time. – Offers practical parenting information, tips and activities for parents of children from birth to age 5.
  • Family Lives – Free helpline, information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.
  • NCT (National Childbirth Trust) – Charity providing information on pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
  • Gingerbread – Support and practical advice for single parents.
  • Home-Start – Free help, friendship, advice or support to any family.
  • Kinship Carers – Peer support network, information and advice forum for kinship carers.
  • Action for Children – Support for families, adoption, fostering, support for young people, disability
  • Live Fear Free – Information and advice for those suffering with domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women.
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