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Thursday 19 August 2010

Back to School is simple with the Family Information Service


It’s that time of year again and the start of the new school year is fast approaching.

From childcare to tax credits, Cheshire East Council’s Family Information Service (FIS) is gearing up for all manner of queries, big or small.  

Cheshire East FIS is on hand to offer free impartial and confidential advice and guidance on all manner of issues for families with children and young people aged 0-19 years, including:

  • Childcare options including Out of School activities;
  • Tax Credits, Childcare Vouchers and Free Early Education Entitlement;
  • Support for children with additional needs and/or a disability;
  • Information about paternity leave and pay;
  • Flexible working

For more information, please go to or telephone 0800 408 2013.

Cheshire East Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said:

“Getting children back to school can be a busy time for every parent. The Family Information Service is in place to make this process as smooth as possible; guiding parents through any uncertainties they may have.

“I would urge parents across Cheshire East to get in touch if they have any concerns about the start of the new school year.  The FIS already receive calls from a wide range of people, including fathers and grandparents and so are ready to offer peace of mind to all parents and carers.”

Doreen-Ann Newsome, an Outreach Officer with Cheshire East Council, added: “The FIS is in place to take away any worries parents may have. The message is ‘don’t panic’; we have lots of information to help solve all manner of queries”

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