A new report suggests that many nurseries, schools and playgroups are struggling with inadequate outdoor space or in some cases have no outside space at all. The report calls for the Government and Ofsted to affirm and strengthen the statutory requirement for children in the EYFS. The report further calls for the Government and Ofsted to provide better guidelines for pre-schools, schools and nurseries, and to information for parents about what they should expect for their children.
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, launched the new Pathway Fund which will replace the Early Years Fund from 1 April 2016.
The Newry Early Years Children and Family Centre was officially opened by Junior Minister Jennifer McCann MLA. The opening marked a new chapter in the history of Orana Children and Family Centre with Early Years – the organisation for young children managing and leading the centre into a bright new future.
A new childcare app is set to ease pressures on parents across Northern Ireland by providing constant fingertip access to both details of childcare and early education providers and quality ratings, thanks to Early Years. The Choosing Childcare and Early Education app also provides wide-ranging advice for parents and allows them to communicate with friends, sharing and highlighting important childcare information.
Family health is being given a kick-start at a Health Fair at Avoniel Leisure Centre next Tuesday morning (23 October).