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.

Watch Video ––financial-assistance-with-childcare-costs

Friendship Skills Top Tips

Having friends provides support and promotes social skills, along with increased positive mental health and well-being.

Children’s friendships are very important for their social and emotional development. Parents and carers have an important role to play in helping children develop friendships.

Here are some top tips from Parenting NI for helping your child develop friendship skills, download the full guide here:…/friendship-skills-top…


Help Kids Talk – July Message

We have a lovely July message of the month: “Less watching, more talking… put everything away and just sing, talk and play”

This month we want to encourage parents and families to minimise screen time and spend time playing and talking with their children.

Please use the link below which will take you to:

  • a video explaining the message of the month
  • a PDF version of the poster to be displayed in setting or shared via email, Seesaw or another platform
  • some ideas on how to put this message into practice.


Please share the message of the month information with your staff team and also with your parents/families. We will be sharing more tips and advice linked to the message of the month on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Please also note that free training for parents or anyone working with children between 0 and 6 years old is available and can be booked below. (July dates available, keep an eye on the HKT Facebook page for Aug/Sept dates). ‘Basic Awareness’ around speech, language & communication is the first session and Level 1 is a next steps session looking at speech & language milestones, referring a child to Speech Therapy and tips for supporting children with difficulties in the home or their setting: