Southern Childcare Partnership

 

Council Areas

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

 

Staff Team

(VACANT) – 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

 

Publications (local)

Biannual Early Years Newsletter – Early Years News

The Communication Sub Group are the editorial committee for the Newsletter.  The Newsletter is distributed to all Early Years Providers across the Southern Area; and to a range of other local venues including libraries, GP surgeries etc.