Are you having a ‘Digital’ Christmas?


Message in a Minute from the Western Digital Safeguarding Steering Group: Are you having a ‘Digital’ Christmas?   


  • Are you thinking about purchasing a device such as a Bluetooth-enabled toy, smart phone, Tablet, games console or laptop for your child this Christmas?
  • Does this year’s letter to Santa have you completely baffled because of tech-jargon?
  • Are you worried about whether or not these devices are appropriate for your child’s age?
  • Would you like some professional help on issues such as parental controls and security?


Here are three tips if you answered yes to any of the above:


  • The NSPCC o2 Helpline can provide you with advice and guidance over the phone or you can arrange an appointment with an O2 Guru (you do not need to be an O2 Customer).  Learn more here or phone the Helpline on 0808 8005002.


  • For parents of keen gamers, Ask About Games will give specific information about PEGI ratings, top games (including family friendly games) and simple guidance on how to put parental controls on consoles, handhelds, Tablets or phones.


  • You can also visit Netaware (or download the Netaware app) to keep you up-to-date, with simple advice on what’s new in social networking. Netware reviews privacy settings, suitable ages and appropriate content for over 50 sites.



Understanding Misuse of Prescription and OTC Drugs







CYPSP through Locality Planning are holding training sessions aimed at those that already have a basic drugs knowledge who want to have a better understanding of how prescription and Over The Counter medicines are misused.

This is an information based course and is open to any individual working in the statutory or voluntary sector.  Click here for more information.


Due to demand another session has been added for the date below:

Date: Monday 3rd December
Venue: Tower Hill, Armagh
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm


Date: Monday 26th November – Fully Booked
Venue: Tower Hill, Armagh
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm


Date: Thursday 29th November – Fully Booked
Venue: Brownstown Community Centre, Portadown
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Early Years Leadership and Governance Conference – 23 November 2018


This one day conference explores the concept of leadership within the early years sector and aims to provide programme leaders, members of the management committees and independent owners with information, advice and networking opportunities to support their decision making and enhance outcomes for children.

Further information is now also available on our website:

Talk To Your Baby 2019


Please click here for information relating to the National Literacy Trust event – Talk To Your Baby 2019, which takes place in Manchester on January 21 2019.


The conference will explore the arrival of early years as a national priority, looking at the critical window of opportunity from conception to age two for language acquisition.  There will be a focus on the interplay of cognitive development and environment – home and early years settings – and how local activity, the latest research and key policy issues play into this dynamic.


Speakers announced so far are:


  • Cerys Griffiths, BBC: BBC’s early years strategy
  • Professor Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading: Language of babies in bilingual families
  • National Literacy Trust Manchester Team: Activity in early years setting in Greater Manchester
  • Nick Skinner and Jenny Tosh, London Borough of Enfield: Singing to your baby
  • Professor Elizabeth Meins, University of York: “Mind-mindedness” and child development


The early bird rate of £175 has been extended until 19 October – book now.