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Northern Childcare Partnership Conference


Over 130 representatives from childcare groups, statutory, community and voluntary organisations attended the 2011 Northern Childcare Partnership annual conference.

This year’s conference focused on the key areas of childcare and was designed to promote children’s development and learning in early childhood.

Linda Wylie, Co-ordinator of the Northern Childcare Partnership said: “The conference provided an important opportunity for the childcare, education and early years sectors to come together to establish networks and share learning. Delegates benefitted from an interactive programme that gave practical ideas and information for supporting children.”

Conference speaker and Managing Director of Experiential Play in Glasgow, Alice Sharp, spoke about the importance of play and learning environments for children.

Workshop facilitators included Clare Devlin, Early Education Consultant; Alison Loughlin from Parenting Forum NI and Siobhan Hughes and Mary Duggan from Gold SureStart, based in Cookstown.

The workshops included topics on ‘Learning and Play Environments’, ‘Observation and Documentation’, Nurture and Early Years’ and ‘Working with Fathers’– Kickstart’ programme.’

Gerry Conway, Chair of the Northern Childcare Partnership said: “We are delighted and encouraged at the level of interest in the event and the positive feedback that we have received.”

The Northern Childcare Partnership, which was established through the Health and Social Care Board, aims to promote the development of services for local children through an interagency partnership approach involving statutory, voluntary and community organisations.

For further information about the Conference or Partnership please contact the Childcare Partnership office, telephone: 028 2531 1230.

Details of the work of the Partnership can be found on www.northernchildcare.com