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Children and Young Peoples Services

Services for Adults on the Isle of Wight

Family Information Zone (FIZ)

Also known as:- 3 / 4 Year Old Funding, Activities, Activities Booklet, Baby Clinics, CD Scheme, Child Homecarers, Childcare, Childminding, Children, Childrens Centres, Chlamydia Tests, Christmas Activities, Condom Distribution Scheme, Dance, Day Nurseries, Early Years Funding, Easter Activities, Events, Extended Schools, Families, Family Support, FIZ, Helplines, Homecarers (Child), Leisure Activities, Local Support Groups, Nannies, National Support Groups, Nursery Education, Nursery School Places, Out Of School Clubs, Parent and Toddler Groups, Parents, Pre-Schools, Sports, Summer Activities, Tax credits, WightChYPS, Young People

Service Description: FIZ - the Family Information Zone - was set up in 1998 to provide impartial information and signposting services to families, children and young people under the age of 20 years (or up to 25 years for young people who have learning difficulties or disabilities).

FIZ provides comprehensive information on childcare and early years services. This includes information on registered childcare, non-registered childcare (those exempt from Ofsted registration) and free entitlement to early years provision.

FIZ has a key role in ensuring that parents and carers have appropriate information to make decisions on the suitability of childcare providers to meet their needs. FIZ can offer additional support if requested but can not make recommendations.

Our shop in Newport is also a delivery outlet for the Health Promotions CD Scheme.

Information is provided on other services, facilities and publications. This includes information on:

Local and national support groups
Sports activities
Leisure activities

We also hold leaflets and publications on many subjects relevant to families, parents, children and young people.

FIZ produces activity booklets for the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. Each booklet lists holiday activities available across the Island for families, children and young people. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive your free copy please contact us.

Every attempt is made to ensure accuracy, although we attempt no responsibility for our information source. Information is updated on a regular basis.

FIZ maintains a website called WightChYPS which is the local authority's Family Service Directory (FSD). A service directory is a comprehensive online information bank of all types of children's and young people's services available in a local area. It includes a broad range of services from providers in voluntary, private and statutory agencies.

WightChYPS has been created as a complete directory of services for children and young people across the Isle of Wight. The directory contains hundreds of entries with contact information and details of activities, services and events in all areas, including:

Sports and leisure activities
Local and national support groups
Healthy living

Click on the weblink to be directed straight to WightChYPS

Contact Information
Department Directorate for Children & Young People
Address Family Information Zone
11 Orchard Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1JZ
External Phone 01983 821999
Opening Times Shopfront: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.00 pm (Except Bank Holidays)
Telephone Helpline: Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5 pm, Friday 8.30 am to 4 pm (Answerphone available 24/7)