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The 'Family Information Directory': release of software

Software released to allow any organisation to develop its own version of the 'Family Information Directory'.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The Department is today releasing the software behind the Family Information Directory. This will allow any organisation to develop its own version of the Directory.

The Family Information Directory was introduced in 2009 to provide a unique, comprehensive source of registered childcare and family services information.

The key software component of the Directory collects information from local authorities and national organisations in England, then publishes the information on a range of websites to enable parents, families and those who work with them to search for childcare and family services.

There are currently over 192,000 records in the Directory, and it receives around 40,000 searches a day.

The Department is releasing the software in line with the UK Government Licencing Framework. Further information and access to the software is available in the Open source code section of the Department for Education’s website.

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Published 2 March 2011