Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen announced an extension to the Covid-19 Childcare Temporary Closure Fund for the period 1 October to 31 December 2021. The fund will provide continued support for childcare providers who have been forced to close temporarily due to a Covid-related incident within their provision. Applications to the FundRead More →

Ahead of International Children’s Day tomorrow (20 November) organisations representing children and parents in Northern Ireland are calling on the NI Assembly to embrace a new opportunity to include children in a law which would protect them from physical punishment, and to increase support for parents. Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner forRead More →

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced a further £5million for the Education Wellbeing funding allocation. Through this fund education settings will be given flexibility in how they support the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people and the staff working with them. Michelle McIlveen set out details ofRead More →

One in four children in Northern Ireland are set to be in poverty by 2024/25, according to new analysis published today (Thursday) by Save the Children Northern Ireland and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).  Families are facing a spiralling cost of living, a challenging labour market, a weakened social safety net, and a widening income gap, according to the new research.  AnalysisRead More →

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has launched a new app for schools to safeguard children and young people when online. The Safer Schools NI app is a one-stop-shop digital library of age-appropriate safeguarding resources for teachers, parents/carers and children and young people. The app, designed and created by online safeguarding experts,Read More →

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced a further £0.5million funding to support Outdoor Education Centres. This new investment will provide financial assistance to centres as they continue to be impacted by the operating restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Welcoming the funding, the Minister said: “Today’s announcement of £0.5m will supportRead More →

A record 71,638 pupils from 278 schools across Northern Ireland, took part in this year’s Maths Week festival, representing a 27% increase on 2020 participation levels. The island of Ireland wide maths festival is one of the largest worldwide and took place largely online from 16 – 24 October.  TheRead More →