South Eastern Childcare Partnership Small Grants Scheme 2017-18

 

Please click below to download guidance and application form for the Small Grant Scheme (Minor Refurbishment) open to voluntary and community registered early year’s providers.

 

 

Please note the closing date is 4PM December 4th 2017. Applications with supporting documents (see guidance) should be returned to Carrie Ferguson in hard copy format or scanned carrie.ferguson@hscni.net

 

 

Safefood – Start Campaign

 

Please click here for information on Safefood new Start Campaign

 

This 5 year campaign will begin in November 2017, and focus on a healthy weight for children and ‘will aspire to be a society-wide movement that will inspire and support parents to start building and persisting with healthy lifestyle habits’.

 

For more information and to access the range of resources linked to the campaign go to www.safefood.eu or www.makeastart.org

Petition to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants beyond April 2018

 

Please sign and share a petition urging the Government to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants.

 A soon to be mother has launched a petition urging the Government to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants beyond April 2018. Our charity is raising awareness of the petition to have this issue debated in Parliament and highlight just how much this support means to families. If you agree please sign (and share) the petition at the following link:

 

Petition to keep Childcare Vouchers open beyond April 2018!

 

You will need to enter your email address and will be sent an email with a link. Once you have clicked the link in the email your signature will be verified. Please share this petition as widely as possible with friends, family and colleagues so that it can reach the 100,000 signatures needed.  As well as this email, we have posted links to the petition on our Facebook and Twitter pages to make it easier to share.

 

Why are we supporting this petition?

As a charity that works to support families to be better off we regularly give advice to parents about the different forms of financial support available to assist them with their childcare costs, and help them choose what is best in their particular circumstances, whether that is Childcare Vouchers or another form of support. Our charity is urging the Government to keep Childcare Vouchers open to new entrants alongside the new scheme, Tax-Free Childcare, so parents can continue to choose the financial support that best suits them and their families. This is especially important since our work with parents shows that many families will receive more support under Childcare Vouchers compared to Tax-Free Childcare.

Solihull Approach Awareness Seminar – 7 November 2017

 

Please click here to download an invitation to The Solihull Approach: Exploring Opportunities for Early Years & Education Workforce.  (Tuesday 7 November, 1:30-4:30pm).

 

This seminar is targeted at key stakeholders in the early years and education workforce who are new to The Solihull Approach.

 

The seminar will provide an introduction to The Solihull Approach which aims to increase emotional health and well-being through both practitioners and parents. It does this through resources and training across the child and family workforce.

 

Director of the Solihull Approach, Dr. Hazel Douglas MBE, will be joined at this event by local practitioners to share experience of share experience of and to explore opportunities for:

  • Integrating Solihull Approach into early years & education workforce training in Northern Ireland.
  • Enhancing professional practice and outcomes in early years & education through application of The Solihull Approach
  • Growth and Development of The Solihull Approach in Northern Ireland

 

This event is organised by NCB on behalf of the Public Health Agency’s Infant Mental Health Workforce Development Group which is chaired by Dr. Barbara McConnell (Stranmillis University College) and co-chaired by Julie McConville (Southern HSCT).

 

As places are limited, invitations are targeted and priority will be given to key stakeholders in the early years and education workforce who are new to the Solihull Approach.

 

Please click here to register for this event.