EITP – Getting Ready for Toddler launch new video

There are two key changes being introduced universally relating to the delivery of
services for children aged 3+ in their preschool year:-

3+ Health Review: This is a new Health Review being introduced into the pre-school
setting where Health Visitors will work in partnership with children, parents and
education colleagues to promote children’s social, emotional and behavioural
development, providing them with information and signposting to other services,
where appropriate. It includes the use of an Ages and Stages Questionnaire in
relation to social and emotional development of children (ASQ:SE-2).

Click here to view video about 3+ Health Review in Pre-School

Named Health Visitor alignment to Department of Education (DE) funded preschool
education settings: Health Visitors are aligned to DE funded preschool settings where they work in partnership with education colleagues to support and promote healthy child development and learning. The health visitor provides an initial face to face contact with the pre-school principal/leader during the first term of the academic year and provides a minimum of two further contacts with the preschool principal/leader one per term. Contacts may be via phone / email or face to face.  The Health Visitor will also inform the pre-school principal or leader of any pending health campaigns.


Consultation on proposals for the Updated Multiple Deprivation Measure

As part of its work to update the current Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2010), NISRA is consulting users about the proposed indicators to be included in the forthcoming measure, referred to as NIMDM 2017.

The key consultation questions along with relevant considerations are contained in Sections 9 to 16 of the Consultation Document, which present proposals for each of the seven separate domains that are incorporated within the deprivation measures (i.e. income; employment; health and disability; education, skills and training; access to services; living environment; and crime and disorder).

The consultation invites your views on the responses in respect of (i) each of the recommendations that arose from the 2010 Deprivation update and (ii) the proposed indicators in each of the NIMDM 2017 domains. In addition, it seeks your views on whether the current domain weights still reflect current priorities and invites you to outline how you are affected by, or have used or intend to use, the deprivation measures.

If you would prefer to use an alternative way to respond or indeed require further information, please contact the Deprivation Team (email deprivation.NISRA@finance‑ni.gov.uk or telephone 028 9034 8271) who will be happy to answer any queries that you may have regarding the consultation.

The Deprivation Team recognises that the updated measures, which are planned for release in mid-2017, will be hugely important to a variety of interested parties and users. Accordingly, we actively encourage you to take part in this important consultation and look forward to receiving your response. A summary report detailing all of the responses to the consultation will be made available, in due course, on NISRA’s Deprivation web page.

Parents Week 2016

A series of engagement sessions, facilitated by Parenting NI took place across Northern Ireland in October 2016 to celebration Parents Week in Northern Ireland. These sessions provided a safe and confidential space for parents to give honest feedback about their child’s needs, family needs and parental concerns.

The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) North Belfast Locality Planning Group highlighted a priority for the group to increase direct engagement and participation of parents to shape future planning and provide feedback to assist with the delivery of projects and initiatives in the area. Parents Week in October 2016 provided the opportunity and space to begin engagement and supporting parents in North Belfast. Parents from the North Belfast recently took part in a number of focus groups in the local area to share their experiences of parenthood and put forward suggestions to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. Improving knowledge and access to services available to families and raising aspirations for young people in the area were a few suggestions offered.

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For further information about parental participation in your locality please get in touch with Lynn Heatley, Parental Engagement Coordinator, Parenting NI by:

 Email: lynnh@parentingni.org

Telephone: 028 9031 0891

Website: http://www.parentingni.org/parents/get-involved/