Help Kids Talk Dummy Bitesize Session

The bitesize session is comprised of a short 4 minute video (including a clip of a little one playing with and without his dummy in) and two supporting leaflets – one leaflet provides top tips/guidelines for dummy use (including practical tips from parents about how to get rid of the dummy) and the other leaflet provides information about the impact of the dummy on speech sounds and teeth.

The Help Kids Talk Dummy Bitesize can be accessed via the following link à


Infant Mental Health Week 2023 (12-18 June)

Today marks the beginning of Infant Mental Health Week. This year’s theme, Bonding Before Birth focuses on pregnancy, and how what happens during this time can impact a baby’s future mental health and well-being.

Practitioners from services and disciplines across the statutory, voluntary and community sector in the Southern Trust area have produced a series of short videos for parents/parents to be and those working to support families relating to the theme of Infant Mental Health Week. A sample of videos will be highlighted across Southern Trust Social Media platforms throughout this week.

All videos can be viewed through the following link 

Download Flyer

A regional online half day event for practitioners relating to the theme of Infant Mental Health Week will take place on Thursday 12th October and the keynote speakers are Sally Hogg and Suzanne Zeedyke.

More information to follow. If you would like to register interest, please contact Paula Carson Lewis at The National Children’s Bureau.


SHSCT Children’s Speach & Language Therapy Team Play & Say Programme

The Play and Say programme from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team is for children aged 3 years and younger and their parents/carers and is now available for everyone.

It provides tried and tested strategies to support young children’s speech and language development through play.

The programme is delivered by Registered Speech and Language Therapists and has been highly successful in encouraging young children’s communication development.

Discover how you can help your young child progress with their early speech development and listen to the Registered Speech and Language Therapists as they guide you through a series of proven language development strategies –

Download Play and Say flyer

Working Parents – Financial Assistance with Childcare Costs

As many families face increasing financial pressures, many working parents are struggling with everyday costs, including Childcare Costs. Many working parents are unaware of government financial assistance with childcare costs e.g. Tax Free Childcare, Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit which will support working families to remain in work.

Brightstart Funding in partnership with Family Support NI have produced two animations to give parents an overview of the types of financial help available and practical guidance about how to access it as well as promoting the benefits of registered childcare provision.

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