NICMA: E-Zine (June 2021)

Extension of Funding
What great news to receive just before the summer holidays kick in! The Department of Education has announced the extension of both the Sustainability Fund and the Temporary Closure Fund. This funding will go a long way for those Registered Childminders that continue to struggle throughout this pandemic. Registered Childminders in Northern Ireland have been the linchpin in supporting the economy and families during these unprecedented times and Patricia and the NICMA team would like to send thanks to you all.

The Sustainability Fund
All Registered Childminders that have been operational during the period 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021 will be eligible to apply for £255 for each month between April-June 2021. The closing date for this fund is 16th August 2021 and we would encourage all eligible registered childminders to apply.

The Temporary Closure Fund
The Temporary Closure Fund has been extended from April 1st 2021 to September 30th 2021. This fund will help support and Registered Childminder who have or may have to close their setting due to testing positive for COVID-19 or being deemed as close contact. If you find yourself in this position please ensure that you let your Early Years Team know.

Applications are available via the Early Years organisation for young children and we would encourage all registered childminders to apply. Click Here

The NSPCC have developed a campaign to help protect children and young people from abuse. “We know it’s a conversation no parent wants to have, but we believe it can feel just as natural, and be just as easy, as the road safety chat.“

Our team of Development and Engagement Officers recently attended a webinar with The NSPCC. During the session the NSPCC team explained their vision for the PANTS campaign and gave us some very useful resources for the childcare sector.

If you would be interested in a similar webinar designed to the needs of Registered Childminders please contact your Local Development and Engagement Officer and they will be more than happy to help. Click Here

Wild World Heroes

Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021; a celebration of nature and action for the environment, in partnership with WWF UK. Arriving online and in libraries across Northern Ireland this summer.

What’s it all about?
Children aged 4-11 can join the Wild World Heroes for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to discover how they can make a difference to the environment and be inspired to stand up for the planet. There will be amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of ideas too!

How does it work?
The Summer Reading Challenge will take place from 19 June until 18 September. Children can sign-up at their local library, choose their reading goal and then read any books to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE. There is a digital platform too so the fun can carry on at home. Everyone who completes their personal challenge will receive a certificate and medal. Events and activities will take place throughout the summer online and possible face-to-face depending on guidelines issued by the Northern Ireland Executive.

Why should children take part?
Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.

The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting over 700,000 regularly into libraries over the summer, with thousands more taking part online.
There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to read books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents and children.

For more information visit: Libraries NI


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