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Big Summer Read 2019

Big Summer Read 2019

I’m delighted to let you know that Libraries NI has announced details of this year’s Big Summer Read, which will take place from Monday 1 July until Saturday 31 August in all 96 libraries and 16 mobile libraries throughout Northern Ireland.

 

This annual reading initiative is a free programme offering fun and interactive ways to keep children and teens reading during the summer holidays. It’s a great way to address the ‘Summer Slide’, a decline in children’s reading skills and comprehension that occurs if they are not engaged with reading or activities over the summer months.

 

 

This year’s theme

The title for this year is ‘Slide into Summer Reading’ and as well as encouraging children to read as many books as possible, we’ll have a programme of exciting events and free activities linked to all sorts of adventures! Children who take part will receive a certificate at the end of the Summer.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what it’s all about

 

We would really like schools to encourage pupils to take part

If your school would like to display some of our promotional material, which includes downloadable posters and flyers please visit www.librariesni.org.uk/big-summer-read-2019

 

If you would like more information about this initiative go to www.librariesni.org.uk or you can email us at feedback@librariesni.org.uk

 

I do hope you get involved.

 

Best wishes

 

Jim O’Hagan

Chief Executive

 

The EA recognises the need to provide Assisted Digital Support for some parents/guardians who want to apply online for a pre-school or primary place.
Some Parents/guardians may need assisted digital support, if they lack:

* trust in the service or the internet
* confidence to use an online service themselves
* access to the internet
* digital skills
* motivation to overcome these barriers on their own

To help parents/guardians overcome these barriers the EA is hosting a number of Digital Admission Clinics. These clinics are being targeted at areas where there is a high number of newcomer families, high levels of social disadvantage and localities with poor access to broadband.
The clinics will operate on a drop in basis and will parents will be assisted in making their online application for a pre-school or primary place. Depending on their wishes/skills this could range from creation of an email address to submission of an application. In addition varying levels of translation services can be accessed at the clinics.

Details of clinics will be available on the EA website
www.eani.org.uk/clinicsforparents and the schedule will be updated regularly as further clinics are arranged.


The following sessions have been arranged for Belfast areas, please feel free to share on your school’s Facebook page or website and also to inform any prospective applicants that you may be aware of.

 

Upper Ormeau

 

 

Dunmurry

 

 

Cregagh

 

Girdwood Community Hub

 

Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, 283 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GG

 

Colin Glen Library, Dairy Farm Centre, Stewartstown Rd, Dunmurry BT17 0AW

 

Cregagh Library, Cregagh Rd, Belfast BT6 0LF

 

10 Girdwood Avenue, Belfast, Antrim BT14 6EG

 

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Employers For Childcare have received funding to provide childcare to 20 families across Belfast in July & August 2016. This is for families at tier 2 who have a child with a disability aged between 4-12 years old. Each family will receive 30 hours of home based childcare which would be provided in one block week.

 

Families can access this service through self-referral or a referring agency.

 

We also offer a Family Benefits Advice Service where our advisors work with parents to make them aware of the potential support available.  They offer one-to-one confidential benefits advice and information on tax credits, social security benefits, maternity/paternity leave and pay and flexible working.

 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or wish to discuss a possible family.

 

Kind regards

________________________________________________________

Natalie McConnell
Family and Childcare Co-ordinator
Employers For Childcare Solutions

Blaris Industrial Estate, 11 Altona Road, Lisburn, BT27 5QB
t: 028 9267 8200

m: 0773 428 6212
e: Natalie.McConnell@employersforchildcare.org
w: www.childcaresolutionsni.org

 

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