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DE Announcement 5 Jan 20

Childcare Notification Dated Jan 5 December 2021

Education Minister Peter Weir announces new measures to support Registered Childcare Providers

Last Update: 05/01/2021

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Latest DoH COVID19 Guidance for Childcare Providers & Parents of Children in Childcare

Latest Childcare Guidance for Group Settings at 14 December 2020

Last Update: 15/12/2020

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Training Resources for Childcare Providers

A training resource has been published for ALL registered childcare settings and providers

Last Update: 27/11/2020

Childcare Choices Don't Miss Out

Government support with childcare costs during the Covid 19 pandemic

New protections for working parents eligible for help with their childcare costs

Last Update: 18/11/2020

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Covid 19 Childcare Update 6 November 2020

Financial Support and Guidance for the Childcare Sector during Covid 19 (Information Briefing 4.0)

Last Update: 16/11/2020

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Update Childcare (COVID 19) - 16th October 2020

• Schools close for two weeks • All childcare remains open

Last Update: 28/10/2020

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Education Minister announces £300 increase in award to childminders

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

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Childcare Recovery Support Fund (Early Years Organisation)

The Childcare Recovery Support Fund is now live.

Last Update: 13/08/2020

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Requests to open childcare settings during COVID19

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

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Finding Childcare

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

Employers For Childcare

Financial Support to Childcare Providers during Covid-19

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

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Guidance for Proper Hand Washing

Resources for proper hand washing.

Last Update: 26/06/2020

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Sure Starts live streaming virtual services

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

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Playboard NI - Leading The Play Agenda

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

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Helplines NI

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE All of the helplines listed on 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

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Telephone Support Lines for Young People

The Education Authority has compiled a list of useful numbers for all pupils

Last Update: 29/04/2020

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Important News for Childcare Providers - Pause in Routine Inspections

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

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Information for Providers of Registered Childcare


Last Update: 10/03/2020

EFC Survey

N Ireland Childcare Survey 2020 for Parents & Childcare Providers Now Open !

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 Survey

Opportunity to shape how PEACE PLUS can continue to support the Early Years Sector

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

MDT Coming Soon

General Practice Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs)

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

Find Out What Help You Can Get With Childcare Costs

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

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Family Mediation NI (FMNI) - Revamped Separation Booklet

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

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Top Tips for Parents Leaflet

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

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