Early Years Physical Activity Survey


The joint Public Health Agency and local Health & Social Care Trusts Physical Activity Forum would like to invite professionals and practitioners delivering early years services in Northern Ireland to complete a survey to determine the level of awareness and knowledge of the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) physical activity guidelines.

We know, professionals and practitioners working in this field are key to promoting physical activity within this population and we are keen to hear your views on how best to support our early years population in being active.

The survey will help identify training needs and contribute to the development of further training materials and resources which can support you to promote physical activity within early years.

This piece of research is being conducted by the Health Intelligence Unit, within the Public Health Agency. Participation is voluntary, your responses are anonymous and strictly confidential, and will only be seen by the research team.

We would really appreciate you taking the time to participate in this survey. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. 


To access the survey please click on the following link: Early Years Physical Activity Survey

Closing Date: Friday 6th October 2023.

Family Support Hub Newsletter- August 2023

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


Download here

(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 useful information, hints and tips to ease you into autumn and the new term.  The FSH Annual reports for 2022/23 are also all available on the CYPSP website.

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  http://www.cypsp.hscni.net/family-support-hubs  under Family Support Newsletter section.

Living Well Childhood Immunisation- Community Pharmacy

The ‘Childhood immunisation’ campaign highlights the importance of vaccination and the protection provided by the childhood immunisation programme. The campaign is running in community pharmacies throughout August and September as part of the Living Well service.

Living Well is a community-based pharmacy service offered in over 500 pharmacies across Northern Ireland. It is delivered in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), Community Pharmacy NI (CPNI), and the Department of Health (DoH). The service supports you in improving your health and wellbeing by:

•    raising awareness of various public health messages and campaigns;
•    sharing of health and wellbeing information;
•    signposting to a relevant health professional, service or support in the community;
•    and using behavioural interventions, if appropriate.

Through the Living Well service, pharmacies help you to address risk factors that contribute to ill health in Northern Ireland. 

Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your child against ill health. After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world for saving lives, promoting good health and preventing serious illness.

Due to the high number of children receiving vaccinations in Northern Ireland over the past number of decades, many serious childhood infectious diseases are rarely heard of. Recently, however, vaccination rates have seen a slight decrease. It is crucial vaccine uptake remains high in Northern Ireland to prevent many of these serious diseases returning from parts of the world where they still occur. If this happens, children living in Northern Ireland who are not vaccinated will be at risk of these infections and potentially life-changing complications, even death.

Vaccination is like a protective shield. Vaccines work by training your body’s immune system to make antibodies, which are proteins that help fight infection, just as it does naturally when it’s exposed to a disease. If you are re-exposed to the disease in the future, your immune system ‘remembers’ the disease and quickly destroys it before you become unwell. The Childhood immunisation campaign encourages parents and guardians to have their babies and children vaccinated according to the routine childhood immunisation schedule. This will give them maximum protection against disease.

For more information, call into your local community pharmacy and pick up a free Immunisation protects leaflet or visit  www.nidirect.gov.uk/childhood-immunisation 

Shop, Cook & Save Video Series from Public Health Dietitians

Introducing our brand-new series, ‘Shop, cook and save’ from the Public Health Dietitians group.

We know a rise in food costs have put pressure on many households, which is why the Public Health Dietitians group have created a webinar series focusing on how you can eat well on a budget. From batch cooking to saving on your food shop, there are lots of tips and tricks you can use to save some money this summer and make healthier choices.

A series of 5 short videos to improve knowledge and confidence cooking from scratch, cooking safely and food budgeting.  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVutsY_gd5AaVh-a7xryPSQF-NlYFpQrW

  1. Shop, Cook & Save: Easy cooking for one
  2. Shop, Cook & Save: Easy batch cooking
  3. Shop, Cook & Save: how to shop and save
  4. Shop, Cook & Save: Easy slow cooking
  5. Shop, Cook & Save: Store and reheat food safely 

The Public Health Dietitians Group (PHDG) Northern Ireland are a small group of Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and support staff who work across the five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland, commissioned by the Public Health Agency.