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Dorset Family Information Directory

The Dorset Family Information Directory is a fantastic resource for both parents and professionals.
Please use the document below for further details.

Family Information Directory

You can easily search for childcare providers, children’s activities, local events, and family days out. There are also details of various support groups for parents and support and services for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Searches can be filtered by various categories, including the type of service or activity, location, child’s age, and more. 

Dorset Family Information Directory

Local Offer

Dorset’s Local Offer is the one-stop place for parents, carers, and professionals to go for information on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our Local Offer can help to explain how children and young people are supported in Dorset and signposts to further help, activities, and services available.

Local Offer


The Dorset Family Information Directory posts important news and updates for parents, as well as local events, activities, and plenty of fun stuff. Like our page to share our posts and help encourage parents to follow us too.

Dorset Family Information Facebook Page

Parent newsletter/ SEND newsletter

The Dorset Family Information Directory monthly newsletter has all the latest news and updates for Dorset families. We include articles about a range of subjects, including health and wellbeing, reminders for important deadlines such as applying for school places, information on childcare funding schemes, activities for school holidays, and much more.

Parent Newsletter

Childcare funding (focus on TFC)

The Dorset Family Information Directory website gives a clear overview of funding schemes available for parents to help them with the costs of childcare. Tax-free Childcare can be useful for working parents with school-aged children, as it can be used to pay childcare costs for 0 to 15-year-olds. The scheme can be used to help pay for a range of childcare options, including holiday, after-school, and breakfast clubs.

Childcare Funding