Help with searching

The search bar lets you search using any combination of category, keywords and location.

  • Category - use this if you know the type of results you want to find

  • by Keywords - type one or more words to describe what you are looking for (for example, short breaks)

  • by Location - use this to find results which serve your location.  Try a postcode (M24 4LA or OL16) and then narrow your results within "Max Distance" radius and/or the filters on the left.

More advice on keyword searching

Typing in a word or a few words into the Keywords box brings you back all entries that contain at least one of the words you have entered.  You can also use special characters to limit your results more closely.

Using double quotes (") around your search words brings back only results that contain those words as an exact phrase, for example:

"Nursery Education"

Using the search filters

Once you have your search results, you may be able to improve them further by selecting one or more of the search filters which are displayed on the left of the page. These filters allow you to limit results by subject area such as 'Early Help' then 'Money'

The more use you make of the filters on the left, the more focussed your results will be.

How to sort your search filters

You can change the sort order of your search results using the options that are shown in the section just above your results. Depending on the type of search that you have done, your results can appear in any of the following sort orders:

  • Sorted by relevance (such as, the best match to your search)
  • Sorted alphabetically (in A-Z order of title with numbers first)
  • Sorted by distance (only if you have done a full postcode search)

If you need any assistance searching the site or can't find what you are looking for contact the Family Information Service on 01706 719900 or email

If you are a practitioner and notice a relevant service is not listed on the directory, please contact us giving details of the provision.

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Page last reviewed: 09/08/2023