Top award for York Family Information Service

York Press: Anthony Ellison, right, the manager of the National Association of Family Information Services, presents the award to Coun Janet Looker, as the City of York Council’s Family Information Service team look on Anthony Ellison, right, the manager of the National Association of Family Information Services, presents the award to Coun Janet Looker, as the City of York Council’s Family Information Service team look on

City of York Council’s York Family Information Service (FIS) has scooped a national quality award.

The team, which supports parents and carers of children aged between 0 to 19 (and up to 25 years of age for young people with disabilities) has been awarded the National Association of Families Information Services (NAFIS) Family First Award for quality.

The award comes from the Family and Childcare Trust, the leading UK charity campaigning on childcare and family life. It recognises and celebrates the quality of practice provided by the York Family Information Service.

Councillor Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, children and young people, City of York Council, said: “It is always immensely satisfiying when one of our services is recognised for its work at a national level.

The Family Information Service provides essential support and advice to parents and carers across the city and I’m delighted that their hard work and commitment has been rewarded nationally as best practice.”

Niall McVicar, manager of York FIS, said: “The Family Information Service is here for all families, be that supporting people to understand their childcare options, reduce their childcare bill, finding things to do in the holidays, returning to work, parenting and much more.

Parents and carers in York are being asked for their views on childcare in the city this month. To take part visit www.yor-ok.org.uk/childcare or phone on 01904 554444

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