Funding Calls – PEACE IV Building Positive Relations




The SEUPB have opened two funding calls today under the Building Positive Relations (Regional) objective of the PEACE IV Programme, as below:


Objective – 4.2 ‘Building Community Cohesion through Social Enterprise (Pilot project)

This call will develop capacity building to support increased cohesion within communities through the development of social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation.


Objective – 4.2 ‘Building PEACE through Emotional Resilience for Today and the Future’

This call will promote positive relations within communities through the development and delivery of emotional resilience activity.


To apply for either call please use the ‘Registration function’ on the PEACE IV eMS


Both calls will close on 24 May 2019 at 5pm. The SEUPB will not accept applications received after this date.


A workshop for the calls will take place on 10 April 2019, at the Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Cookstown, County Tyrone.  To register email:  The workshop will also be streamed on the SEUPB website

  • The ‘Building Peace through Emotional Resilience’ workshop will take place from 10am to 1pm.
  • The ‘Building Community Cohesion through Social Enterprise’ workshop will take place from 2pm to 5pm.


For further information on the above calls please contact Paul Boylan via email:


Monthly Message in a Minute: Beyond Momo


Message in a Minute from the Western Digital Safeguarding Steering Group: Beyond Momo


The reaction to the Momo challenge reminds us to communicate with our children about anything that worries them, both offline and online.


In today’s fast-paced digital environment, it can be difficult to not be swept up by the unhelpful wave of “moral panic” particularly if reputable organisations, You Tubers and celebrities circulate warnings that are unfounded or not robustly ‘fact-checked’.


Although Momo has been widely discredited as a malicious hoax, children may still feel distress, so it’s important that their worries are acknowledged, explored and allayed. This can provide an opportunity to model critical thinking skills by starting a conversation with children about the presence and impact of misleading information and ‘fake news’.


Read the experts’ advice:


Parentzone and Internet Matters, which includes five tips to protect your child from viral challenges.


You may also wish to explore Full Fact, an independent fact checker website that covers a wide-range of reported topics including Momo.



Play Matters TV Campaign


The Play Matters TV campaign has gone live on UTV, ITV breakfast and daytime C4.


Please click here to view the schedule for the TV campaign.


Also, please click here to download ‘Top Tips for Parents’ booklet aimed at parents/carers of children aged 0-4 years as part of the Give Your Child a Helping Hand campaign. This lovely resource has some tips for parents on talking, listening, and playing with their child alongside guidance on encouraging positive behaviour, promoting emotional and physical well-being and using digital devices sensibly.



Northern Childcare Partnership Conference – 27 March 2019


Please click here to view information on the Northern Childcare Partnership Conference.


This year’s Conference will focus on the Characteristics of High Quality Childhood Environments and will take place on Wednesday 27th March in the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena.


Click here to download a booking form, the closing date for applications is 4pm on the 13th March 2019, book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.



10th Annual Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey now OPEN


Calling all parents and childcare providers: Share your views on the provision of childcare in Northern Ireland, and the support available for parents and childcare providers. Employers For Childcare has opened the 10th Annual Childcare Cost Survey and needs to hear from you! Please complete the short survey here:



Those who respond are in with a chance of winning an overnight stay at Galgorm Resort & Spa (parents) or a £100 Boots voucher (childcare providers).


This important research informs Employers For Childcare’s campaigning for better support for childcare in Northern Ireland to ensure it meets the needs of families and childcare providers.




Child Brain Injury Trust are launching a CPD approved training programme, to all early years staff right across the UK. Working through this programme will result in your nursery or day care unit being recognised as “Head Injury Aware”.  While progressing through the course you will also learn about brain injury through serious illnesses like stroke, encephalitis and hydrocephalus to name a few.


Registration for this specialist training is open now for the next class that starts on the 1st April 2019 – Please click here for more information.



Play Matters – Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty



Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have been declining over time and children today are therefore having much less contact with the natural world.


Please click the link to download our first play briefing sheet for 2019 ‘Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty’ aims to help parents consider the importance of letting children have contact with the natural world including their exposure to bacteria and germs and indeed, playing with mud, making a mess and getting dirty!