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Newsletter 18

March 2005

Welcome to the Eighteenth Edition of the Parenting Forum NI Newsletter, full of news and views, facts and information from our members

It is hard to believe that we are into Spring, Summer is fast approaching and the Parenting Forum NI has been as busy as ever. Inside this Edition you will find an update from Moira, the PFNI Development Worker, on the first two consultations she carried out on behalf of the Forum.

You will also find information on the Circles Network Partners in Policymaking Programme, some information from Employers for Childcare on Childcare Vouchers and savings your family could make. On the back page there is information on events that are happening across the province throughout the Easter holidays and an idea for something to do with the children.

Included with this Newsletter is the first edition of the PFNI’s Fact Sheets covering the Child Trust Fund. This information is to be shared and circulated so please do photocopy this article if required

This is an exciting time for the Forum with member- ship growing rapidly. Not all parents or groups are signed up so please get in ouch if you are not members or do pass this newsletter on to anyone you think might benefit from joining us.

Lastly just a reminder that this is your newsletter so if you have an article or information you would like to pass on please get in touch, we love hearing from you!!

Inside this issue:

Circles Network


A Way Forward for the Childminding Sector

Update on Consulta- tions


Cash in on Childcare


Fit Futures


Causeway Family Resource Centre


Easter Fun for all the Family


The Spaceman@ the Old Museum Arts Centre


A major report issued by NICMA - the Childminding Association has high- lighted that local children are being failed due to a lack of government sup- port within the childminding sector. Re- search has also demonstrated that de- mand for Childminding far outstrips current supply.

The report entitled: A Way Forward for the Childminding Sector’has been launched by Angela Smith, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

The paper proposes to:

  • Raise the profile and recognise the

status of Childminding

  • Invest in and sustain the Childminding sector

  • Increase the number of Registered Childminders

  • Provide support for Childminders

  • Commit to the need for Training and Quality Assurance for Childminders

If you would like more information about registered childminding or would like a copy of this document please contact:- NICMA - the Childminding Association,

Tel. No. 028 9181 1015 www.nicma.org

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