With schools open only to the children of key workers and vulnerable children, and additional restrictions associated with Covid-19 now in force, many parents and childcare providers may have questions about what is and is not permitted in terms of accessing and providing childcare. This article collates some of the frequently asked questions from parents and childcare providers during the current restrictions.
Last Update: 15/01/2021
Education Minister Peter Weir announces new measures to support Registered Childcare Providers
Last Update: 05/01/2021
Latest Childcare Guidance for Group Settings at 14 December 2020
Last Update: 15/12/2020
A training resource has been published for ALL registered childcare settings and providers
Last Update: 27/11/2020
New protections for working parents eligible for help with their childcare costs
Last Update: 18/11/2020
Financial Support and Guidance for the Childcare Sector during Covid 19 (Information Briefing 4.0)
Last Update: 16/11/2020
• Schools close for two weeks • All childcare remains open
Last Update: 28/10/2020
Education Minister Peter Weir has today (21 Sept 20) announced an increase in the award to childminders from the Childcare Recovery Support Fund.
Last Update: 21/09/2020
The Childcare Recovery Support Fund is now live.
Last Update: 13/08/2020
Support for Full Daycare and School Aged Childcare Settings (Excluding Childminders) who wish to open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Update: 31/07/2020
Family Support NI is the central government register of REGISTERED and APPROVED Childcare Providers throughout Northern Ireland. Before and since Covid 19, we provide the most up-to-date information available about childcare provision
Last Update: 10/07/2020
It is important to note that, depending on your circumstances, you may or may not be eligible for some form of support – however make sure you take advice, so you do not miss out on any support for which you are eligible.
Last Update: 26/06/2020
Sure Starts across NI are now offering a vast array of online/virtual services, some included in the attached newsletter (See attached at Related Documents).
Last Update: 17/06/2020
PlayBoard NI has produced a new information sheet in cooperation with the Department of Education’s Play Matters to assist teachers, playworkers, parents and those offering care to children in these challenging times, to consider how they might provide quality play opportunities and experiences.
Last Update: 07/05/2020
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE All of the helplines listed on helplinesni.com are still operational unless otherwise stated and are continuing to provide information, advice and guidance on a wide-range of health and wellbeing needs.
Last Update: 07/05/2020
The Education Authority has compiled a list of useful numbers for all pupils
Last Update: 29/04/2020
As a consequence of the evolving situation with Covid-19, all Trusts will PAUSE Routine Inspections of registered childcare providers until 27th March. Please see details below :-
Last Update: 18/03/2020
Please see below IMPORTANT INFORMATION for ALL Registered CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
Last Update: 10/03/2020
The annual Northern Ireland Childcare Survey 2020 for parents and childcare providers has been launched by Employers for Childcare.
Last Update: 18/02/2020
Early Years has created a short survey to ensure that the sector has a voice in the design of a new programme, ensuring the needs of children and young people continue to be met in a new PEACEPLUS Programme 2021/2027.
Last Update: 31/01/2020
To complement the existing staff within GP Practices, three new practice based roles have been created :- First Contact Physiotherapists Social Workers Mental Health Practitioners You will be able to book an appointment with any of these services DIRECTLY without first seeing your GP.
Last Update: 04/10/2019
Employers For Childcare Family Benefits Advice Service provides free, impartial and confidential advice to parents to help them ensure they are accessing all the support they are entitled to. We operate a Freephone helpline 0800 028 3008 - Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm
Last Update: 23/07/2019
Family Mediation NI have revamped the Separation Booklet – This is a really useful resource for separated families in Northern Ireland
Last Update: 01/04/2019
Being a parent is a wonderful thing, however it is not always easy. Hopefully the information on this booklet will show you how you can use techniques to guide, nurture and encourage your child and build your confidence as a parent
Last Update: 25/01/2019