Finding childcare for children with SEND

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Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS)

Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS) should be at the top of your list when looking for childcare. We provide free and impartial information to mums, dads and carers of 0-25 year olds on anything and everything to do with family life. We help a lot of people looking for childcare in their area.

We hold information about all Ofsted registered childcare in the City of York Council area. By getting in contact we can carry out detailed searches against your needs and let you know about available childcare.

We can let you know:

  • where childcare is located;
  • how to contact different childcare providers;
  • information about costs and fees;
  • when they are open;
  • their last inspection outcome and if they are taking part in a quality assurance scheme;
  • what experience and training they have around supporting disabled children;
  • what vacancies they have and key details about how they operate;
  • we're here to talk you through every part of you journey and answer any questions you have.

Childcare brokerage

If for any reason you need additional support with finding childcare then Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS) may be able to help. Because we work with childcare providers every day, we can often help broker a solution.

This could be:

  • meeting you face to face (if you prefer), to get an understanding of your childcare needs;
  • looking at different childcare options and possibly contacting providers on your behalf;
  • supporting you on a visit to a childcare provider to provide impartial support and advice;
  • if the provider needs training or support to provide the best possible care for your child we will work with others to see what can be done.

Choosing childcare that is right for you and your child is a very important, personal choice. York Family Information Service is completely impartial and never recommends one provider over another. We can not guarantee to find a solution to your childcare needs but we explore all options available to us.

You can contact Local Area Teams Information Service or by phone on 01904 554444.


York Family Information Service and Information Service for Young People

01904 554444 / 01904 555400

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