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Childcare Partnerships

Childcare Partnerships offer information and support to childcare providers, parents and employers in Northern Ireland. 

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Sure Starts

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).

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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.

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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.

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Telephone Support Lines for Young People

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

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Childcare Advice For Parents who are Key Workers

A ‘Home Childcarer’ is a form of approved childcare introduced by the Government to allow parents to have their children cared for in their own home and to access financial support with the cost. For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, a bespoke version of the approved home childcarer scheme has been set up which will enable key workers to be temporarily matched with one of their children’s current daycare workers.

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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 :-

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Information for Providers of Registered Childcare


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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