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Welcome to our May Half Term 2022 FIS Newsletter! We hope you find our newsletter interesting and helpful. In this edition we’ve got lots of interesting news about...

 What’s in this term’s edition…

Don’t forget that if you would like more information about anything in this newsletter or anything to do with family life, then get in touch with the York Family Information Service on 01904 554444 or by emailing   

Shine May Half Term, Events, Activities and Things to do!

Lots of great activities are happening this half term including events specific for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

                      blue shine logo

As you can expect there are tea parties and street parties and other entertainment. Plus, the Jorvik Viking Festival, the York Spring Fair and Food Festival, FREE Families Get Active Nature and Photography walks, Acomb Explore’s Fun with Words, football camps, Holiday clubs and inclusive activities. For more information visit

For other all year round activities (including FREE ones) and ideas heading into the summer visit

Ofsted Registered Holiday Clubs this half term

Don’t forget, we hold a list of all Ofsted Registered holiday clubs and schemes, so if you are looking for childcare this half term childcare (whether for tots or teens), get in touch and we will try and help. Remember Ofsted registered providers you can use your tax-free childcare or childcare vouchers too. Please check with providers to confirm they will accept childcare vouchers.


You can also use our online search to search childcare in York at

 Max Cards where you can use it!

max card logoThe max card offers a range of discounts at many local and national attractions across the UK.                                                     

In York you can use your max card at the following places (correct at the time of writing – May 2022). Look and see where you can explore this summer.

For the latest information visit

  • Jorvik DIG – FREE entry
  • York Minster – FREE entry for max card holder and family
  • Merchant Adventurers Hall – FREE admission
  • Barley Hall – FREE admission
  • Jorvik – FREE admission
  • York Theatre Royal – up to 2 children FREE, with a full paying adult at certain shows
  • York Army Museum – FREE admission
  • The York Dungeon – 25% discount (pre booking essential)
  • York Art Gallery – FREE admission
  • Richard 111 & Henry V11 Experiences – FREE entry
  • Yorkshire Museum – FREE entry
  • Tenpin bowling – concessionary rates
  • Energi Trampoline Park York – 30% discount
  • Creepy Crawlies - £1 off entry (for 2 children)
  • York Maze – 10% discount (plus if you have PIP or DLA you will receive 50% off)

City of York Council families who have a child aged 0-25 years who have a disability or additional need can apply to receive the Max Card at .

E-Cycle Switch

If you’ve ever wanted to try an e-cycle, whether it’s for leisure, fitness or for a cheaper and more convenient way to get around, our e-cycle scheme can help you make the switch.

We’re working with York’s bike shops to enable you to experience life with an e-cycle for one week, for FREE. If you decide it’s right for you, we’re offering a discount of £300 or more to buy your own e-cycle. This discount can be redeemed on a range of e-cycles at participating bike shops.

We have adapted bikes for those with mobility issues, child carrying equipment for families and additional support for those on Job Seekers Allowance or Universal credit.

For more information and to apply, go to

Tax Free Childcare

Did you know that to get Tax-Free Childcare you must work at least 16 hours a week earning the national minimum wage. This includes being self-employed, on maternity leave, parental leave, sick or annual leave!


You can find out more about this by going to Childcare Choices You can also call them on t: 0300 123 4097.

Nurture Breastfeeding Support

nhs breastfeeding imageNurture Breastfeeding Support will be re-commencing in June for face to face one to one breastfeeding support with a Health Visitor in our Children Centres on the following:

  • Clifton Children’s Centre and The Avenues Children’s Centre (alternate weeks) every Tuesday 1-3pm
  • Hobmoor Children’s Centre every Thursday 10-12am                          

Please contact the Healthy Child Service on 01904 555475 to arrange an appointment

You can also visit for information on advice and support with infant feeding and more.



volunteers week 1-7 june               Volunteer’s Week takes place 1-7 June every year!

Volunteering has been shown to boost your wellbeing and helps you to gain valuable skills and experiences. If you are considering volunteering, look at the City of York Council page, where you can find a range of opportunities


volunteering week 1-7 june 2022

If you are interested in working with children and young people, the City of York Council are currently recruiting for Mentors and Independent Visitors for children and young people in York.

york independent visitor service

We are looking for both male and female volunteers but are very keen to hear from any men who would be interested in either role as we would like to increase their number of male volunteers. 

For further information please contact Alison Cammiss e: t: 01904 552444 m: 07901 813436.

FREE Look Say Sing Play session

Join a FREE Look Say Sing Play session at York Explore Library on Wednesday 29 June.  If you have children under 3 you are invited to find out more about this campaign and take part in a fun 20 minute session. Sessions start at: 10am; 10:30am and 11am. There’s no need to book, just turn up! You will receive a FREE goody bag to takeaway too!


We all chat with our babies and toddlers, but did you know that when you do, you’re building their brain? Find out more at or 

Free courses in IAG and GCSE English and Maths

York Learning logoYork Learning and Family Learning have a whole range of courses and workshops ideal for building your own skills and knowledge, gaining qualifications to support you in the workplace or in your role as a parent / carer.

Information, Advice and Guidance

York Learning are offering a fantastic FREE opportunity for people working or volunteering with families or in our local communities to receive a NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance. Courses are taking place across various venues:

Tang Hall Community Centre, Tuesdays 2 – 4pm on the following dates: 7, 14,21 June with a Network session on 28 June.

Online (via Zoom) Tuesdays 7 – 8.30pm on the following dates: 14, 21, 28 with a Network session on 5 July (York Learning can help you get started if you are new to Zoom)

Foxwood Community Centre Mondays on the following dates: 27 June, 4, 11 July with a Network session on 18 July.

To book visit: / 01904 554277 or for more info email

Wish you had a GCSE in English or maths?

We’re in exam season for GCSEs, but do you have a GCSE in English or maths? If you don’t, it’s never too late! Did you know York Learning offer the chance to study these subjects at GCSE level for free (if you don’t already have a pass in the subject, grades A-C or 4+). You can apply now to start learning in September, just search for keyword ‘GCSE’ at

FREE workshops with WEA

WEA Adult Learning logoThe WEA is a charity offering a large range of learning opportunities. Below, are just a few ideas for short courses and workshops to enjoy with your child, if you have any other ideas, we would love to hear about them.

For further information or to express an interest on these short courses and workshops, please email Liz on

More courses are available online at

Creative Play with Children (2.5-hour workshop)

Learn about ways to enhance your child’s creative play, ways to encourage your child to be more creative and simple ideas to share with your children. Creative play on the day to share with your child.

Communicate confidently with your child (short course) over 2 weeks (2.5 hours per session)

Learn techniques to help you communicate more confidently with your child and how to help your child to express their emotions in a healthy way. This short course introduces you to learn about the benefits of healthy boundaries with your child and what to do when these become challenging.

Going Healthy with your child (2.5 hour workshop)

Practical hands-on workshop in making some healthy and nutritious snacks and meal ideas to help you child experience some new food tastes and textures (opportunity to make some snacks/mini meal ideas with your child on the day.

Music and Movement (2-hour workshop)

Opportunity to have some fun with your pre-school child in making some instruments from everyday objects (includes 1-hour practical session in making instruments and 1 hour music and movement session to sing and play along to your child’s favourite songs. Children can continue with fun at home with their instruments.

Working in Early Years

Working in early years is more than just a job. It’s a unique opportunity to help children grow and develop. With clear career development paths and flexible working opportunities, take your next step. Take early years in York.


Find out more about working in early years in York at

Also, if you are interested in looking at current vacancies working with children, young people and families visit our dedicated careers page at

Safeguarding Week

North Yorkshire, City of York and East Riding Safeguarding Week takes place on 20 – 24 June 2022.

A series of popular events are taking place for parents, carers and practitioners ranging from Fraud and Cyber Awareness, Child Exploitation, County Lines and Cuckooing, Online Abuse – Trends and Keeping Safe, Keeping Children Safe Online, Private Fostering and more.

For more information and to book a place visit

Parenting Courses

Did you know we have 2 parenting course providers in York?

Brightsparks logoBright Sparks offer 2 parenting courses – Developing and Supporting your child’s emotional resilience and Positive Futures. Developing and supporting your child’s emotional resilience is currently available online so you can enrol at any time. You can find out more about the courses and enrol here:

family matters logoFamily Matters York offer a range of parenting courses, both face to face and online.  Time out for Parents: The Teenage Years, The Early Years, The Primary Years, Children with Additional Needs, Just for Dads are some of the titles of parenting courses starting in June!


time out for dads poster imageThe next Time Out for Dads parenting course starts 13 June 7.30-9.30pm at Cornerstone (was St George’s Church) Millfield Lane, Osbaldwick, YO10 3AL.

This is a course run by dads for dads covering topics like: Are dads really needed? Love and all that stuff; Setting loving limits; Dad as coach.

You’ll be given evidence based information, as well as the opportunity to share ideas with other dads.

To book a place or for further information please contact: Helen Atkinson  t: 07393 147259       
Email: Or you can find more information online



SEND POST 16 creative arts college                                

PICS College poster                                  

A new Creative Arts College in York, based at The Yorkshire Museum. The college provides a post 16 pathway for students with an EHCP, 16-25 with an interest in art.

Most students are typically neurodiverse, with some students starting at the end of year 11, but an option to join earlier if a young person has not been in school due to mental health and anxiety due to their sensory or ASC needs.

Enrolment is now open and you can find out more by visiting: Or contact / Tel: 07939947555


Welcome to YIK’s new Parent and Engagement Coordinator

YIKS Co ordinator photo Ruth Appleby

Hi my name is Ruth Appleby and I wanted to introduce myself as I am the new Parent Engagement Coordinator for YIKs Parent Carer Forum here in York.  My role is to secure the engagement of parent carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We are the forum for Parents and Carers of children and young people with disability or additional needs who access services in York.

Join us to help shape the services available for our children and young people

Contact us at: / /


ICAN’s Share your views on changes to the SEND system

  ICAN logoICAN want to share your views and ask the Government on the Government’s changes to the SEND system in England.

For more information and to complete the Survey Monkey visit


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