Family Support Hub Newsletter – June 2023

The June edition of the Family Support Hub Newsletter is now available to download 

(Please Note: Newsletter will download directly to your device.  Look out for the pop-up box and click on open file when it appears).

In this edition we have included some low or no cost ideas to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays. You may also be aware that the CYPSP recently launched a fabulous new regional guide designed by parents of children with disabilities to help and support other parents. If you haven’t seen it yet please make sure to have a look. Further information and the link to the resource can be found in the Newsletter.

It is also packed full of information for parents/carers, early years, children & young people with a disability,  mental health and wellbeing advice,  Helplines and much more – make sure you download your copy now!


Previous editions of the newsletter are available at  under Family Support Newsletter section.


Armagh Locality Planning Group: Feel Good Armagh

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June saw 2 massively successful events to showcase support services in the Armagh locality area. 

On Friday 9th June, 66 services hosted information stalls to highlight support for all ages in the Armagh area.   The event was held at City of Armagh Hotel and funded through Ark and Tringle Housing along with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council. 


On Saturday 10th June a youth event was held at the EA Youth Service’s Epicentre Youth Centre and open to the 11+ age group. Around 170 young people took part in a wide variety of activities ranging from Arts & Crafts and African Drumming to Boxercise and Dungeons and Dragons.  A total of 22 activities were offered along with free pizza, fruit kebabs and refreshments.  The event was a joint effort from 11 member services of Armagh Locality Planning Group and funded by CYPSP, CiNI, SHSCT and ABC Council.

Both events were agreed at a previous meeting of Armagh LPG to highlight the support services available for all ages in Armagh with a particular emphasis on activities for children and young people.

Level 5 Leadership for Children’s Care Learning & Development (Management) – SERC

South Eastern Regional College (Lisburn, Newtownards and Downpatrick Campus) are currently recruiting for the next cohort of Level 5 Leadership for Children’s Care Learning and Development (Management) students through the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme, beginning in September.

This qualification provides learners with the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in children’s care, learning and development. It confers occupational competence to work in a management role within a regulated Early Years setting.

There is no cost to the employer or the student for tuition, registration and examination fees (subject to approval from the Department for the Economy), however Higher Level Apprentices should be paid for their hours in college as part of the programme.

General Entry Requirements:

  • Level 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development OR Health qualification.
  • Working at a Deputy or Managerial level in a Regulated Early Years setting or have access to managerial duties at least 1 day per week in a Regulated Early Years setting.
  • English GCSE/Essential Skills is preferred as desired criteria however, each candidate will be assessed on their own merit.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible a person must, as a minimum, meet each of the
following criteria:

  1. be a new employee in, or about to take up a permanent remunerative employment offer, or an existing employee moving to a new job role that requires a substantial amount of learning and skills development commensurate to the apprenticeship pathway.
  2. be employed by a company with a base in Northern Ireland, have a contract of employment in place, be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes day
    release/off-the-job directed training)*** with one employer, and in receipt of the appropriate wage (National Minimum Wage guidelines NOT the apprenticeship rate).

Apprentices cannot be self-employed or in a job role where their wages are covered by any public funds.

*** (which includes day release/off-the-job directed training) – Higher Level Apprentices should be paid for their hours in college as part of the programme, even if those hours are outside of their normal working day.

To apply for this course or if you would like any further information on the course content and eligibility, please contact:

David Gore, Apprenticeship Development Manager Email:

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