Education Minister Peter Weir announces new measures to support Registered Childcare Providers


Childcare Notification Dated Jan 5 December 2021


Education Minister Peter Weir announces new measures to support Registered Childcare Providers


In the announcement Education Minister Peter Weir stated:

“that I want to again thank registered childcare providers for the essential work they do. Their hard work on the ground and determination to maintain services at this critical time is vital in helping us to deal with the ongoing challenges facing society as a result of the Covid -19 outbreak


The Childcare Temporary Closure Support Fund will help childcare providers, including childminders, who have re-opened following a Covid-19 temporary closure where

(i)  there has been a Covid positive case of either a member of staff, a childminder or a child in a setting which has resulted in the provider fully closing or in the case of a setting, a pod/group closing; or

(ii)  there is an inability of a setting to comply with staff: child ratios due to staff being required to self-isolate as advised by Public Health Agency.


The Department of Education will roll out these measures as quickly as possible. Early Years the Organisation for young children will administer the scheme.  Full detail of the eligible providers and available amounts including the opportunity to apply for funding are available at:


Initially, eligible providers who have notified their Trust Early Years Teams of a positive case in their setting and those providers located on school premises will receive an invitation to apply.  The initial invitation will issue from Family Support NI.  Any queries should be addressed to the Early Years Organisation via the email address within each of the links above.


Sure Start Big Sing with Santa Video – Happy Christmas from Sure Start

It’s hard to believe that this time last year it was okay to pack St Anne’s Cathedral with over 600 parents, children and staff. This year we wanted to find a way to keep Sure Start singing and bring the same Christmas cheer to our parents and children so we are delighted to send you our ‘Sure Start Big Sing with Santa’ video.


Children, staff and parents from all 9 Sure Start projects took part and we are so grateful to them all for making it possible. Massive thanks to Karen Diamond (Music Therapist) and Aaron Lilburn Productions who pulled it all together.


We hope you enjoy the video:


Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your continued support throughout 2020.