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.



Engaging Effectively with Parents Training – February 2019


Parenting NI are offering Practitioner Training.

The training aims to build capacity and further enhance existing skills of practitioners to equip them with the skills to support parents and families. 

Topics include

  • Importance of involving parents
  • Benefits of parental participation
  • Model of best practice


Date: Thursday 14th February 2019
Time:  10am – 1pm
Location:  Parenting NI Head Office, Belfast


To register please email or


To view the flyer click here.


Play Matters – Playing with stuff around the home

As Christmas approaches and the financial pressures build for many parents Play Matters have published their latest play briefing sheet entitled ‘Playing with stuff – around the home’.

Within the briefing it encourages parents to think about the many natural play resources that can be found around the home.

We have probably all seen some children on Christmas morning being more intrigued with the cardboard packaging that a toy or gift has come in than the actual toy itself!

View the Play Matters Briefing here.

Within an article released this week, the American Academy of Paediatrics cite that the best toys are old fashioned, hands-on playthings including cardboard boxes!   View the article here.



Percy Piglet and the Summer Picnic Puppet Show

Slip, slop and slap – slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on sunglasses and a hat.

Cancer Focus NI in partnership with the Public Health Agency have produced a fun and informative video for nursery schools, P1 – P2 pupils teaching the importance of taking care in the sun.

View the video and additional resources here.