Southern Childcare Partnership


Council Areas

  • Armagh
  • Banbridge
  • Craigavon
  • Dungannon
  • Newry & Mourne


Staff Team

Kevin Duggan – Southern Childcare Partnership Manager
Laura Small – Administrator
Siobhan Hughes – Training Co-ordinator
Bernie McSorley – Training Administrator
Louise Keyes – Programme for 2 Year Olds Support Specialist


Services / Description of Sector

  • Strategic development of Sure Start Projects
  • Allocation of funding, including capital funding, to Early Years sector
  • Support to Early Years sector with training and quality and information
  • Promoting of Childcare and Early Years provision to parents


Childcare Infrastructure


Local Information – eg Early Years Fora, etc

Two Early Years Forums, comprising of statutory, voluntary, community and private early years providers, ensure the local issues are reflected to the Southern Childcare Partnership. The SCCP consults the local Fora on issues impacting on local providers.

The Early Years Forums are chaired by the Head of Early Years and Family Support within the SHSCT. The Fora meet on a bi-monthly basis.


Sure Start Projects