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Welcome to the Reading Family Information Service
  For more information please contact :

Reading Borough Council,
Civic Offices,
Reading, RG1 7AE
Tel: 0118 937 37 37
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Children’s Action Teams (CATS)
There are four teams covering the whole Reading area - North, South, East and West. The teams serve a geographical patch area (see map to the right)and link into existing local resources (eg Children’s Centres, School Clusters and Extended Schools), with an office base in each locality. Click here for more information

Use the links on the left to access information for parents.

Teen Parents
Find out what's going on for teen parents and parents-to-be across Berkshire - visit the Teen Parents page for information and advice.

Ranikhet Extended School Courses
There are various courses running at Ranikhet Extended School - IT, health clinic, health and fitness, parenting courses, and more! Phone 0118 901 5221 for more information.

Reading Young Carers project
A young carer is a young person who looks after someone with an illness or disability, learning difficulty, a mental health problem or misusing drugs/alcohol. If this is you, don't worry, you are not alone - there are approximately a half-million young carers in the UK. The Reading Young Carers Project is a place for 5-19 year old young-carers to come and spend a few hours each week doing something for themselves! This includes:

• Talking to other young carers
• Spending time with people your own age
• Learning new things
• Someone to talk to
• Trips
• Sport
• Cooking

The sessions are held at Fairview Youth Club. There are three age groups - 5 1/2 - 9, 9-12 and 12-19, and the sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can also get help with transport to get there and back. For further information please visit:

Succeed in Secondary - course for Years 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Explore Learning at Sainsbury's, Bath Road, Calcot, Reading
Explore Learning will be running this course to help develop the skills required of students in secondary school. There will be topical debates in curriculum areas such as English, Citizenship, History, Geography and Science. Phone 0118 942 4002 or click here for more information.

Reading Credit Union
This leaflet explains how to join Reading Credit Union.

Breastfeeding Support in Reading
Thinking of? Wanting to? Starting to? Continuing to?
Come and meet other Mums
Catch up on new information and ideas
Skilled help available from Breast Feeding Helpers, Supporters and Health Visitors to overcome any difficulties
Facilitated discussions on topics you request: going back to work, introducing food, crying and colic, surviving the first few weeks, increasing your milk supply
Sessions in Reading are:
Tuesdays 9.30am - 11am at Amersham Road Community Centre, RG4 5BP
Tuesdays 10.30am - 12noon at Southcote Children's Centre, Coronation Square, RG30 3QP
Wednesdays 11.30am - 1pm at East Reading Community Care (behind Wycliffe Baptist Church), 233 Kings Road, RG1 4LS
Thursdays 11am - 1pm at Whitley Health and Social Services, Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7PJ
Thursdays 11.15am - 1pm at Battle Library, 420 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1EE

Connexions is a support service for all young people aged 13-19 (and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities).

Connexions has been designed to bring together all the services and support young people need during their teenage years.

Every young person has access to a Connexions Personal Adviser (or PA), for some this may be just for careers advice, for others it may involve more in-depth support to help identify barriers to learning and personal development. PAs give professional and confidential advice on a range of subjects from careers and education to drug abuse, homelessness and teenage pregnancy. Connexions works in a range of settings: Connexions Centres, schools, colleges, community centres and on an out-reach basis.

Reading Connexions Centre:
136/7 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EX
Tel: 0845 408 5004 Fax: 0845 408 5005
Opening Times: Pre-booked appointments – Monday–Friday: 9am–12pm
Drop-in Sessions – Monday–Friday: 12.30pm–5pm

Housing Associations
A Housing Association is a not-for-profit organisation, whereby all revenue generated from the rent is ploughed back into the properties for acquisition and maintenance. They may be charities or may not. The aim is to provide affordable housing for everyone. To apply for a property you would normally need to put your name on a waiting list or bid for one at the Local Authority and wait until one becomes available.

Reading Borough Council: 0118 937 3737,

Housing Associations in Reading:
Anchor Trust - 0118 956 0941,
Co-op Homes – 0118 987 5985
Ealing Family – 0118 951 2900
English Churches Housing Group – 0118 950 5551
Orts Road Housing Co-op – 0118 950 5613
Paramount Housing Association – 0118 935 1762 & 0118 959 9370
Raglan Housing Association Ltd - 0118 931 0311
Walter Rodney Housing Association – 0118 950 2727
Western Challenge Housing Association – 0118 975 7888

Family Information Service leaflets about choosing childcare
Click on the links below to read our leaflets about choosing childcare.

Choosing a Childminder leaflet
Choosing a Day Nursery leaflet
Choosing a Nanny leaflet
Choosing a Nursery School or Class leaflet
Choosing a Pre-School leaflet
Choosing an Out of School Service leaflet

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