Diet Quality in Weaning – Survey


Queen’s University Belfast are undertaking a UK-wide research study for parents in relation to baby weaning.

More information can be found on the flyer here.

To take part in the survey click the link below.

For assistance or further details please contact the QUB research team who will be happy to help you:  Miss Eleni Spyreli, Queen’s University Belfast,



Top Tips for Parents – Give Your Child a Helping Hand

Play Matters have released a booklet aimed at parents/carers of children aged 0-4 years as part of the Give Your Child a Helping Hand campaign.

This lovely resource has some tips for parents on talking, listening, and playing with their child alongside guidance on encouraging positive behaviour, promoting emotional and physical well-being and using digital devices sensibly.

Click below to download a copy.



Parenting Apart Programme

The Parenting Apart programme is aimed at parents who have separated, are separating, divorced or thinking of divorce.

The programme will provide practical advice and guidance about what children need to know, and what parents can do to meet their children’s need. Although parents are immersed in their own difficulties, this programme can help parents focus on the child’s needs with the aim of minimising the impact of the separation.

The programme will explore:

Emotional impact
Parenting roles
Changes in relationships
Financial impact
Moving on

Commences: 4th March 2019 for 6 weeks
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Strabane Community Project Barrack Street, Strabane

To Register ring 0808 8010 722

View the flyer here.


Families still spending more on childcare than food and heat


Employers For Childcare have launched the findings of the 9th Annual Childcare Cost Survey which reveal that the average cost of a full-time childcare place in Northern Ireland is £166 per week.

This is a slight decrease on last year, reflecting that some childcare providers have sought not to increase their fees. However, it is clear that affordability remains a critical issue – for two thirds of families, the childcare bill is their biggest or second biggest monthly outgoing. Parents and childcare providers are calling for Government investment to support the sustainability of quality childcare and ensure that this is affordable for families.

Further details are available in the press release (download here).

Should you have any queries about this research in relation to the issues identified in the report, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Alexandra Chapman, Research, Policy and Information Officer, via or 028 9267 8200.