A Monmouthshire County Council service, which offers impartial information about childcare and support for parents and guardians, is relaunching today (Tuesday 18th May).

The Monmouthshire Family Information Service (MonFIS) supports parents and guardians by providing impartial information related to childcare, nursery admissions and details on the 30 hours of free childcare offer in Wales. Today’s relaunch marks a refresh in the service, which has been successfully supporting parents since its inception in 2003.

MonFIS, which received the Families First Quality Start award in 2013, is a dynamic service which holds a database of all childcare providers in the county and a list of baby groups, family support services, activities and play provision for new parents.  

To celebrate the relaunch, a day of activities for families will be taking place on the FIS Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/moncfis, including a special story time for under 5s and a design competition for under 12s.

Children under 12 are being asked to delve into their creativity and design a new summer logo for Monmouthshire Family Information Service, with the winning entry being used in all the FIS’s promotional posts and adverts throughout the school summer holidays. The selected winner will also receive £100 of Amazon vouchers.  All entries need to be submitted via email to childcare@monmouthshire.gov.uk) by 5pm on Friday 4th June 2021. Full terms and conditions can be found on the FIS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MonCFIS

Families will also be able to tune into the story time for under 5s via the MonFIS Facebook page from 10:30am and enjoy hearing an exciting tale that will captivate young minds.

Speaking ahead of Monmouthshire Family Information Service’s relaunch, Councillor Paul Pavia newly-elected Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: ““Parents and guardians having access to all the information and support they need in relation to childcare is extremely important. Our Family Information Service plays a significant role in ensuring people have the information they need to enable them to access all the packages of support available to them. There are some fantastic activities for young people to get involved in and ultimately help shape the face of the service, so, I would encourage all our creative young people to get involved in the competition.”

For further information relating to the relaunch of the service and access to childcare visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/monfis or email: childcare@monmouthshire.gov.uk