Staffordshire Family Services Directory

Help with searching

There are a number of different types of search that you can use. You can use just a single search such as from your home postcode, or a combination of searches such as home postcode and childare type (i.e. childminder). The more filters you use the more refined the seach result will be to meet your needs for childcare.

Below you will find guidance on the best ways to search and get the best results for your search.

The quickest way to search use: Find Services at the top of the page.
The quickest and simplest way to search on the FSD is to use the Find Services boxes at the top of the webpage. You will see 3 boxes, use these filters individually or you can use multiple filters at the same time.

-The best way to search is by using the search boxes/ filters called Town and Postcode and All categories

-In the Town and Postcode box input your home posctode, area or town where you would like to search for the your childcare.

-Then click on the arrow in the All Categories box and you will see a range of options that you can select such as childminders, day nurseries, preschool, free places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and so on.

-Once you make your selection click the box called search and you will be presented with your results. You will see these by distance from the postcode, area or town you added, the distance will also be shown for your reference.

-Click on the provider name to find more information on vacancies, open hours, costs, school pick/ drops offs etc for each individual provider.

Creating yourself a shortlist for printing, saving or emailing.
-Once you have you have your results you can create a list by adding selected  childcare providers to a shopping basket, just as if you were shopping online. You can then print off, save to your computer for later or email to yourself or a friend.

-So to create a shortlist: on the right of the provider's name on your search results, you will see a link called: Add to shortlist Click on the link and you will see that the provider appears in the Shortlist box in the purple bar - top right of your search results. The more providers you add to the shortlist you will see that the number in brackets goes up,  i.e if you have selected 5 providers you will see Shortlist (5)

-Once you have finished your selection click on Shortlist ( ) you will then be presented with your chosen list of providers. To see more details such as hours, vacancies, costs, inspection grade click on the link Show full details which is found on the right side, you will now see the full details of each provider in a form. On the right side you also have the option to Print Shortlist (you can save from this option also) or to Email Shortlist to yourself or a friend.

-See more advice on creating and using Shortlists

Other ways of searching and further info

Find a Service box (Keywords Search)
Just typing in a word into the the 'Find a service...' (box) at the top of the page and by clicking search will show results related to that word. For example you could put in a part name of a childminder or nursery and you will see all the options in the list linked to the word/s you have searched for.

"Browse by Categories" boxes (advice and guidance).
There are 5 boxes at the bottom of the page which are a more detailed version of the search options available in the All Categories search boxes at the top of the page. Clicking on the catergories will take you to a page with detailed information and useful links on the category you are in if you are after more information, advice and guidance i.e. help with childcare costs, types of childcare and so on.

-To search click on the browse box of your choice (i.e. Childcare). You will be presented with information and links that you might find useful.

-You can now refine your search by using the links on the left side channel called Narrow by Category. This allows you to filter more specifically, such as the type of childcare i.e childminder or nurseries or preschools.

-Once you have narrowed down your search filters, simply input your postcode, area or town in the Town or Postcode box at the top of the webpage, then click search.

-You will now be presented with your search results for review and you can now add to a shortlist and print off or email as described above.

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

Distance: Sorted by distance (if you have done a postcode search)- this is a default setting. You will also be able to change your distance i.e 1mile: 5miles.
Relevance: Sorted by relevance (i.e. the best match to your search).
Title: Sorted alphabetically (i.e. in A-Z order of title with numbers first).