Dorset Family Information Service
Previously the Dorset Children's Information Service. It can help provide Ofsted registered childcare providers, activities to do with your child, clubs that your child can attend independently and services to support your child. It can help you understand the different types of childcare and find out what funding may be available to help you meet the cost of childcare.
Who is the service for?
- Children and young people
- People working with children
- People seeking a career in childcare
- Providers of childcare
- Employers seeking to support staff to access childcare
How to contact them
- Telephone the Helpline on 01305 221066, open Monday to Thursday 8.40am until 5.20pm and Friday 8.40am until 4pm. Answer machine in operation outside these hours
- Email email@example.com
- Appointments in person can be arranged by calling the helpline
What do your kids tell you about their day at school?
Is it usually "Oh nothing much"? Well this is the name of a recent Report (March 2009) from Dr Tanya Byron. You can see a summary of the report at:
The Report looks at how much parents know about what their children do at school and how greater involvement makes a huge difference to their attainment. It also is acting as a springboard to schools making more information available to parents online.
You will also find Dr Byron's 'Top Tips for Parents' at the link above. And while you are there, have a look around the Next Generation Learning website, which is full of useful information.
This is a partnership between schools and local Police forces.
"The focus of Safer School Partnerships is early intervention and prevention. The schemes encourage the police, children and young people to build good relationships, trust and mutual respect. Police officers working in partnership with schools under this scheme continue their operational policing approach, but do so in a way that fulfils a prevention and deterrence role, and supports victims of crime."
For the National perspective, see:
Or download the leaflet on the left (in pdf form) from the Dorset Team:
This very important issue for parents is covered in detail at this page. Do please have a look where you will find help sheets and links to other websites.
NEWS ITEM (29/9/08): The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is a new internet watchdog launched by the Government in response to the Byron Report. Its aim is to "protect children from "harmful" web content, such as cyber-bullying and violent video games". Its membership will include representatives of social networking sites and technology firms. It is hoped to establish a code of conduct for sites such as Bebo and Facebook.
See this report:
Parents use of photos taken in school
Parents will often understandably want to take photos of activities in school involving their children. Whilst in most instances this will not be a problem it is possible they will, in all innocence, make the photos available more widely. The popularity of social networking sites means that they might put photos from a school on to Facebook, or something similar. If the photo only includes their child, then that is entirely up to them. However, if the photo includes other chldren (or adults), then this can be a problem. They have not given permission for their images to be used on a website outside school. If you take photos at a school event, you should not be 'publishing' them if they include any children or adults not in your family. You should also think carefully about putting photos of yourself or your children on websites or Facebook. How private or public is your own web area? Please check the policy of your child's school on these matters.
These courses are run by DASP for Parents. Information on the latest course will follow here soon.
Here are some useful websites you might like to look at.
Parents Online is a useful websitefor Education, Health and Leisure.
BBC Parents School site
Information for parents and on parenting.
Part of Direct Gov a comprehensive site for parents of children of all ages.