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Rapid Covid 19 Testing

Access to Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Family Support and Childcare Providers

As schools return and restrictions have eased many childcare businesses have introduced additional COVID safety measures to provide reassurance to those using and working within these services. The Department of Health is encouraging all family support and child care providers to register their interest for Rapid COVID-19 testing.

Last Update: 29/09/2021

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Training Resources for Childcare Providers

The Childcare Partnerships/Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), have developed a FREE Web-based Interactive Digital Learning Course COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Training for Childcare Settings.

Last Update: 29/09/2021

Childcare Search

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: 29/09/2021

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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: 29/09/2021

Rise and EA

Useful Links For Staff and Parents of Children in an Education Setting

Pupil Support Services within the Education Authority have been working in partnership with the Regional Integrated Support for Education (RISE NI) Programme. RISE NI is a regional early intervention service which supports children in pre-school educational and mainstream primary school settings by working closely with parents and education staff to help children develop the foundation skills for learning

Last Update: 29/09/2021

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Breastfeeding Support

Breast milk is both healthy food and natural medicine for your baby. Breastfeeding is a skill you learn over time. A mother and her baby usually take a few weeks to get used to breastfeeding. Your family, friends and the baby’s father can support and help you when you’re breastfeeding.

Last Update: 29/09/2021

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Help and Advice for Separating Parents

Long and Swann publish action plan to support better outcomes for separating families

Last Update: 02/09/2021

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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: 02/09/2021

DE Announcement

Childcare Support Fund 18 June 2021

Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen today announced a further extension to two Covid-19 childcare support funds.

Last Update: 05/07/2021

Launch of Funding Scheme for Community & Voluntary Groups

Communities Minister launches Small Capital Grants Programme

A £950,000 fund to support the voluntary and community sector has been launched by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey.

Last Update: 03/06/2021

NI Maternity and New Parenting During Covid 19

COVID-19 Advice for Pregnant Women and Parents in Northern Ireland

Find the latest information /advice regarding pregnancy and COVID-19 on this new Website

Last Update: 05/05/2021

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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: 25/01/2021

Wash your hands guide

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

Corona Virus

Information for Providers of Registered Childcare


Last Update: 10/03/2020

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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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