Childcare During Covid-19

Disclaimer

The CCP has compiled a list of resources and support services that may be useful to you in caring for children during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. You will be responsible for how you use these resources and the CCP cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any inaccuracy or error contained within these pages or any outcome associated with their use. It is not an exhaustive list and can be added to; should you wish a service to be added please  contact us.

 

Public Register of REGISTERED Childcare Providers for Northern Ireland

During Covid-19 find Childcare Options and Associated Guidance for Childcare Providers, Key Workers and Vulnerable Children .

Find out more at Family Support NI 

 

 

 

 

 

ParentLine NI is the regional support helpline for all Parents/Carers, offering FREE support, advice and guidance, wherever you are on your parenting journey.

Parentline NI is open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. Our Service is available through a range of different channels including telephone, face to face and online.

Call us for FREE on: 0808 8020 400
Chat online at: www.ci-ni.org.uk/parentline-ni

Find out more at Parent Line NI

 

 

Due to ongoing developments in relation to COVID-19, it has become necessary to temporarily postpone all face to face training sessions indefinitely.

We are now in the position to be able to offer a small number of online training courses and hope to add more, so please check the website regularly for updates.

Click here to view online training courses

 

 

 

Employers For Childcare's Family Benefits Advice Service provides free, impartial and confidential advice on a wide range of issues including childcare and financial support. Our team is also providing advice and guidance on the new bespoke Approved Home Childcarer Scheme announced by the Ministers for Education and Health, including queries from parents about how to access support, Approved Home Childcarers seeking advice on its implementation, and childcare providers with queries around insurance, employment terms and conditions and the matching of staff with families. The Family Benefits Advice Service can be contacted on Freephone 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org. Find out more at www.employersforchildcare.org.

 

Definition of a Vulnerable Child

  • Department of Health’s guidance in relation to Childminders, Daycare and School-age Childcare Settings  (see pages 2-3) (click here).
  • Vulnerable children and Young people. Some families need more support than others and attending educational settings is an important protective factor for children receiving support from a social worker. We want to prioritise supporting those most in need at this difficult time (click here).

Safeguarding - Increased Risk Factors during Covid-19 Lockdown

Domestic Violence

  • Women's Aid - Understanding the impact of Domestic violence on Children (click  here).
  • Covid-19 Resource Hub - Support resources for survivors of Domestic Abuse (click  here).
  • Domestic Violence - Increase during lock down (click  here).

Understanding Poor Parental Mental Health

  • NSPCC Parental mental health problems (click here).
  • MIND Coronavirus and your mental health (click here).
  • Coronavirus and Mental Health - Tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (click here).

Parenteral Substance Misuse

  • Understanding the impact of substance misuse on children and families (click here).
  • Alcohol consumption during lockdown (click here).
  • Information re drugs and alcohol for families (click here).
  • Online abuse: A report re online abuse from the NSPCC covering the 4 Nations (click here).

Safeguarding - General Guidance, Information & Support

  • Department of Health Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in NI (2017). It provides the overarching policy framework for safeguarding children and young people in the statutory, private, independent, community, voluntary and faith sectors (click here).
  • Government U.K. guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic (click here).
  • Vulnerable children and Young people - Some families need more support than others and attending educational settings is an important protective factor for children receiving support from a social worker. We want to prioritise supporting those most in need at this difficult time (click here).
  • DE Guidance to support safe working in educational settings .This guidance applies to staff working in all educational settings in Northern Ireland, including statutory and non-statutory pre-school providers, primary and post-primary schools, education otherwise than at schools (EOTAS) settings and youth settings, together with the children, young people and pupils who attend these settings and their parents or carers (click here).
  • Strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education (click here).
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection in the Age of Lockdown - What can early years staff do to make sure every child stays safe? (click here).
  • NSPCC - Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection (click here).

Resources for Supporting Vulnerable Children - Disability

Covid-19 and Caring for Children

  • The summary of a survey conducted by the Disabled Children’s Partnership in relation to parents and carers experiences of looking after their disabled children during lockdown (click here).
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health COVID-19 - 'shielding' guidance for children and young people (click here).
  • Supporting Children with ASD and/or Learning Disability in Coping with COVID-19 Isolation Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (click here).
  • A Dads blog Coronavirus COVID-19 support for learning disabilities and autism composed by father of son with Down’s Syndrome (click here).
  • Lego used to explain social distancing to children (click here).
  • Coronavirus: Lockdown life 'a challenge' for vulnerable children (click here).
  • The Children’s Society. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the life of every child in the country. It is not only an unprecedented public health emergency, but also a challenge our society and our economy have not seen in peacetime (click here).
  • UNICEF - Protecting the most vulnerable children from the impact of coronavirus: An agenda for action (click here).
  • SENSE NI – Information and resources for disabled people during coronavirus (click here).

 Children with Disability - General Guidance, Information & Support

  • N.I Direct - Guide to financial support for people with disabilities (click here).
  • N.I Direct - Government Services Childcare for a child with disabilities (click here).
  • Government U.K. - Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic (click here).
  • Education Authority - Online support for children and Young people who may be particularly vulnerable at this time (click here).
  • The Educational Psychology Service is child-centered and works within a multiagency context. We also look at difficulties a child may be experiencing in a broad ‘systemic way’. This means we try to take into account all of the influences that may be affecting the child and the difficulty (click here).
  • Vulnerable children and Young people - Some families need more support than others and attending educational settings is an important protective factor for children receiving support from a social worker. We want to prioritise supporting those most in need at this difficult time (click here).
  • Pupil Support Services - Provide support across the Authority to schools, parents, children and young people for a range of special educational and medical needs. The Services deliver extensive programmes which assist schools in their responsibilities in supporting children and young people with SEN and medical needs (click here).
  • Regional Integrated Support for Education NI (RISE NI) is a regional multidisciplinary service funded by the DHSSPS Children and Young People’s Package. There are five teams, one in each Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) throughout Northern Ireland. The five teams across Northern Ireland aim to work in close partnership with schools in providing an accessible, preventative and early intervention service to mainstream primary schools and pre-school provisions (click here).

 

Support for Children with Autism

  • Autism NI - Operate a network of over 20 local family support groups providing information and advice to people with autism, their families and carers ensuring they have access to appropriate services (click here).
  • Middletown Centre for Autism - This website provides a huge range of practical resources and guidance for working with children who have autism during and after the current pandemic, Most of the resources could also be used in the general childcare population (click here).
  • Child Development Institute Autism Team - Strategies to Support Individuals with ASD through Uncertain Times. Coping with the unknown and navigating school closures, abrupt changes in routines, loss of connections with teachers and friends, and fear around contracting the virus- are burdens for all, and caregivers play an important role in helping children and young adults understand the changes and process their related feelings. Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes (click here).
  • Options Autism Interventions & Therapies - A Zoom webinar series: 11th July, 18th July, 25th July & 1st Aug 2020. Led by an experienced and specialist team of autism therapists from Options Autism, each of the four Zoom webinars will explore a different aspect of the condition – language and communication; social and emotional development; sensory processing and motor difficulties; and patterns of behaviour – and the approaches which can make a real difference.(click here).
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence - While this is a guide to help care staff and personal assistants support adults with learning disabilities through the COVID-19 crisis; it may also be useful in working with children as it is packed full of links to practical resources. Its aim is to assist high-quality care and support during the pandemic (click here).

 

Support for Deaf Children/ Hearing Impaired Children

  • The National Deaf Children’s Society have put together a programme of live and recorded online events. These will be available for the duration of the global coronavirus pandemic. They may continue after restrictions are lifted and be offered as well as face-to-face events (click here).
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society have provided top tips for learning at home that you may wish to share with your parents and may be transferrable to your childcare (click here).
  • British and Irish Sign Language A number of resources on COVID-19 in British and Irish Sign Language are available via this link on the PHA website (click here).
  • SENSE NI – primarily supports children who are deafblind. With the right support SENSE believes it is possible for everyone to make sense of their world and the world around them. To communicate, connect and take part in life, no matter what (click here).
  • Introduction to Makaton (click here).
  • SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown (click here).

Support for Blind Children/ Sight Impaired Children

  • Advice for blind and partially sighted people during coronavirus (COVID-19) This document highlights some key contact numbers and advice for blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland on how to get support in your local community (click here).
  • SENSE NI – primarily supports children who are deafblind. With the right support SENSE believes it is possible for everyone to make sense of their world and the world around them. To communicate, connect and take part in life, no matter what (click here).

 

Additional Supports for Vulnerable Children

  • Health and Social Care Trust to arrange the support you may need as a parent of a child with a disability, contact the children and families social services team in your local Health and Social Care Trust (click here).
  • Kinship Care is when a looked after child is placed by a HSC Trust with a relative, friend or other person with a prior connection to the child who is caring for the child full time. A person with a prior connection could be someone who knows the child in a professional capacity such as a childminder, a teacher or youth worker although these are not exclusive categories (click here).
  • Foster Care is when a child is placed by a Health and Social Care Trust, or by its parents (or those with parental responsibility), with another person who is not related to the child. Fostering provides children who cannot live with their own families for whatever reason with alternative care where they can benefit from a loving, safe and stable home for as long as they need it (click here).
  • CiNI co-chairs the Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA) alongside Disability Action. CDSA wants to ensure that policy impacting on the lives of children and young people with disabilities is informed by their needs and circumstances (click here).
  • Action for Children Support for Families with Disabled children (click here).
  • Barnardos Northern Ireland - Response to COVID 19 (click here).
  • The Children’s Society -  The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the life of every child in the country. It is not only an unprecedented public health emergency, but also a challenge our society and our economy have not seen in peacetime (click here).

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