The Childcare Partnerships aim to develop and support quality play and learning environments within the early years sector to ensure quality play and learning experiences for children. Services within the early years sector include Out of School services, Childminders, Day Care and Playgroups.

The Childcare Partnerships have developed an online system to profile the Regional Childcare Partnership Training Programme and allow practitioners to register for the learning opportunities available.

There is a wide range of training on offer across Northern Ireland including:

  • Engaging Effectively with Parents – 11 March (7-10pm) Antrim, 25 March (7-10pm) Magherafelt

  • Management Committee Roles and Responsibilities Training – 4 March (7-9pm) Ballinamallard, 11 March (7-9pm) Derry/Londonderry

  • Paediatric First Aid Full Course – 18, 19, 25, 26 March (7-10pm) Enniskillen

  • Promoting Resilience – 5 March (6.30-9.30pm), 11 March (6.45 – 9.45pm) Armagh

To view the full training calendar and to book go to

Upcoming conferences

Northern Childcare Partnership Conference 2020

Monday 23 March, 9:30am – 3:30pm, Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena

Keynote address – Jenny Fletcher, trainer and consultant to people with Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI).

Guest speaker – Dr Rachel Ferguson, researcher, Middletown Centre for Autism.

Download conference programme.

Download booking form.

The closing date for applications is 4:00pm on Thursday 27 February. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Western Childcare Partnership Conference 2020 – Planning for Quality Early Years Services

Thursday 26 March, 9:30am – 3:00pm, Everglades Hotel, Derry/Londonderry

Early Years settings have a massive positive impact on children when delivered to quality standards. This is particularly important for children from disadvantaged backgrounds as they provide access to resources and experiences they may not have at home.

Importantly, quality provision can reduce the gap in development for children as they are settings which support children to reach their full potential in areas such as: social skills, independence, expected levels of behaviour in a school environment, communication and language skills, confidence and self-esteem.  They also support parents by providing information relating to child development.

Guest speakers at the conference include Helen Moylett, independent early years consultant and writer and Nancy Stewart, teacher, consultant and trainer.

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