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Universal Credit Claimants :- Financial Assistance for Out of Schools Provision

Some ‘Out of Schools’ provision is NOT listed on Family Support NI (because it is registered/inspected by the Education Authority) – however a Universal credit claimant may receive help towards costs for out of school clubs

Last Update: 04/09/2023

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Families urged to boost their back-to-school budget with Tax-Free Childcare

With the new school term starting, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding families to open a Tax-Free Childcare account today to save up to £2,000 per child on their yearly childcare bills.

Last Update: 31/08/2023

Childcare Costs

Working Parents - Financial Assistance with Childcare Costs

During this time of increasing financial pressures for families, many working parents are struggling with everyday costs, including Childcare Costs. Many working parents are unaware of government financial assistance with childcare costs e.g. Tax Free Childcare, Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit which will support working families to remain in work.

Last Update: 31/08/2023

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Childcare Providers - Are Your Vacancy Details Up-To-Date ?

Your childcare listing on Family Support NI may be the first thing a parent/carer sees about your childcare business. Check your childcare listing now to make sure your details are up-to-date.

Last Update: 19/07/2023

Healthy Start

Healthy Start Scheme

Many families in Northern Ireland who are eligible for the Healthy Start Scheme, which provides vouchers to help buy food and milk, are not availing of it.

Last Update: 19/07/2023

Our Journey Through Disability

A Guide to help YOU on your journey through Disability/Additional Needs

The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), in association with parents of children with disabilities and young people with additional needs has launched a new publication titled : ‘A guide to help you on your Journey through Disability/Additional needs.’

Last Update: 15/06/2023

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Bonding with Baby Event

Before Birth & Beyond ... Thursday 12th October - Save The Date !

Last Update: 15/06/2023

Childhood Immunisations

Are you child's vaccinations up-to- date ?

If you are unsure if your child is up to date with vaccinations the easiest way to check is to look at your child’s red book or speak to your health visitor.

Last Update: 12/06/2023

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Stronger From the Start Alliance

The Stronger from the Start Alliance is a collaboration between members of the Association for Infant Mental Health NI (AIMH NI) and colleagues from across the community & voluntary sector in Northern Ireland

Last Update: 28/03/2023

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Family Mediation NI (FMNI)

FMNI is an independent charity offering an alternative to conflict when families separate reducing the emotional and financial cost of separation

Last Update: 14/03/2023

Family Support Hub

Family Support Hubs

A Family Support Hub is a multi-agency network of statutory, community and voluntary organisations that provide early intervention services, or work with families who need support. There are currently 29 Family Support Hubs in operation covering ALL of Northern Ireland.

Last Update: 05/01/2023

BF Support Groups

Breastfeeding Support

There are breastfeeding support groups available right across NI.

Last Update: 04/01/2023

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Ukraine Assistance Centres

If you have arrived in Northern Ireland from Ukraine, under either the Family Scheme or Homes for Ukraine Scheme, you should go to an assistance centre. These centres are in Ballymena, Belfast, Craigavon and Newry.

Last Update: 02/11/2022

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Childcare Providers - Have you activated your Tax-Free Childcare account ?

Over a million families in the UK are entitled to support with the cost of childcare from the government, but many are missing out because childcare providers in their area haven’t signed up to accept the various offers. This also means that many childcare providers are missing out on boosting their businesses by increasing demand as they aren’t accessible to families who use government childcare support.

Last Update: 17/08/2022

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