Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides free and impartial information on childcare and local services for families in Southend-on-Sea.


View our childcare page – click here

Local Services and Activities

For information about various Child and Family Services and Activities in and around Southend-on-Sea. Browse the SHIP directory or click the useful links below: 

Children’s Centres

Baby and Toddler Groups

Leisure Activities (including swimming, dance, sports etc)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the Local Offer

Parent and Family Support Services, including Parenting Courses

Help finding Services:

FIS may offer additional support to parents, carers and professionals who are having problems finding childcare or pre-school education that meets specific needs.

The Service is available to:

  • Parents/carers who have English as a second language.
  • Parents/carers whose children have additional needs.
  • Professionals who are working with parents/carers.

Contact us using the Childcare Information Request online form, email or call 01702 215007. 

Page last updated: 26/03/2015