Sure Start Celebrating the Importance of the Early Years

The Childcare Partnerships within the Health & Social Care Board and the Department of Education jointly hosted a Sure Start event on the 25th January 2018 in Belfast City Hall, to celebrate the Importance of the Early Years for children and families across Northern Ireland.   The event brought together 180 professionals from a range of statutory, voluntary, community organisations and elected representatives to celebrate the work of Sure Start and to launch the findings of a Sure Start Parental Survey.


Click to download Press Release.


Click to download the Sure Start Parental Survey 2017.


Click to download the Sure Start Booklet 2017.

Getting Ready to Learn – 2018-19 Applications


Are you a DE Funded Pre-School wanting to improve parental engagement?


500 DE Funded Pre-school settings are participating in Getting Ready to Learn this year, to engage parents more effectively, helping them to create and sustain positive home learning environments.


Funding is available to help settings establish programmes and support will be provided by the Getting Ready to Learn team, during the application process and throughout the year!

How to get involved!


Application forms are now downloadable on the Getting Ready to Learn website for September 2018-19




Western Childcare Partnership Conference 22 March 2018



Supporting Families

The Western Childcare Partnership would like to invite you to a conference to look at Supporting Families on:

Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 9:30 am – 200 pm in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh

Aims of Conference: Sharing Best Practice in Supporting Families

There are many factors that influence children’s development during the early years of life. Parents and families are central to the process as they are the child’s first caregiver, model and educator.  Issues such as maternal & child health during and after pregnancy, the home environment, the family’s social and economic conditions and parenting styles during the early years  will have an influence on the child’s development. So much so that consideration should also be given to the wider physical environment and the networks and structures that support parents in their role of raising happy, healthy, confident individuals. The early years and childcare sectors can do much to support parents with this role.  This year’s conference is intended to share knowledge, information, ideas and best practice on a variety of ways the early years and childcare sectors can support parents and families.


Click to download the agenda


Applications can be made through our website: www. under ‘CPD Training’.  Or by emailing your contact details to:  Attached is a flyer and an agenda containing further information.