Project Development Manager (maternity cover)

We are recruiting for a Project Development Manager (maternity cover). This role is a part of the senior management team which provides support to the Partnership in the management of staff, services, evaluation and other developmental initiatives.

Here is the application pack, we do not accept cvs.

Completed Application Forms MUST be received not later than:

Tuesday 22nd January at 12.00 noon

Recruitment Maternity Project Development Application Pack

Playing with stuff

Have you ever watched a child receive a beautiful shop bought toy which they eagerly open, look at and explore and then proceed to play with the cardboard box or wrapping that it came in? That cardboard box can become anything, a den for a dinosaur, a garage for cars, something to put things in and out off or a hat or helmet! With a little imagination cardboard boxes (both big and small) will transport a child into a world of fun. Good quality play need not cost anything except time. Your home, your garden, the outdoor environment are all full of ‘stuff’  hat can be used for play. Often babies and children will play with whatever is available to them. An old handbag, Mum or Dads shoes, a bunch of keys, old fabric to make a den, pots and pans, a bucket, ….the list is endless!

It is not always necessary to purchase shop bought toys – often homemade/found resources will hold endless fascination and fun.

Click the link below to find out more information from Play Board NI #playmatters

Playing with Stuff – Loose Parts

Play your part…

Children love you playing with them. You are the most important in helping your child learn!

Here are also a couple of ideas for Christmas presents:

  • Teddy Bear:
    • A teddy bear helps build an imaginary world where boys and girls can act out everyday routines like putting teddy to bed.
  • Playdough:
    • When playing with play dough talk about actions and describing words,  “Roll”, “Squeeze”, “Blue”, “Soft” etc
  • Shakers:
    • Shakers are great for developing listening and attention skills. Use them when singing songs and rhymes.
  • Books:
    • Sharing books with your child will help build language skills and forms the building blocks needed for reading and writing.
  • Ball:
    • When playing with a ball use action words such as “Kick”, “Throw”, and “Catch”
  • Cardboard Box:
    • Why do Children love playing with a box? It allows them to bring their imagination to life!

Health Support Worker

We are recruiting for the following post:

Health Support Worker

This role will require you to work as a member of the Health Team carrying out a range of duties to support parents and children with a focus on ante-natal, early days and fathers. This will include the preparation and delivery of programmes, facilitating group activity and carrying out home visits.

Application Form Health Support 10.18

JD PS Health Support Worker 10.18


Privacy Notice for Applicants

To apply for the post fill out the application form and email to: 

The closing date is:

Tuesday 23rd October at 4.00 pm with Interviews to be held Week Beginning 5th November 2018

Health Support Worker JOB

We are advertising for the post:

Health Support Worker (Antenatal and Early Days)

This role will require you to work as a member of the Health Team carrying out a range of duties to support parents and children with a focus on ante-natal and early days. This will include the preparation and delivery of programmes, facilitating group activity and carrying out home visits.

Application Form – HSW Sept 18

JD PS Health Support Worker Sept 18

Privacy Notice for Applicants

Deadline: Friday 19th September, 4pm

Tiny Talkers

*Talking Times*
Your Baby’s coos and sounds are all attempts to communicate, respond by repeating their coos and sounds!  You develop a back and forth interaction when your baby says something and you respond.  Research has shown that it is this back and forth interaction that really makes brain connections.  It is really important that your baby gets lots of experience of this ‘back and forth’ chatting.
As your child grows and the sounds become words, repeat the words they say and add a word or idea.  This is really important for two reasons, firstly by repeating the word, it lets them know you are listening and your understand them and secondly, adding another word or idea, shows them how to join words together.
Example: Child  – “Car”
                Adult – “Daddy’s car”

Play Matters

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. This year’s Playday takes place on

Wednesday 1 August 2018. On Playday, thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. To celebrate 31 years of Playday this year’s theme is children’s right to play.

Play & Challenge

Let’s get Baby Moving

Baby Move is a programme that helps your baby stay flexible whilst also helping you stretch out your muscles from pregnancy. When babies are born they want and need to be chatted to, played with and loved and this programme is a lovely way for you to be able to do that with them.

The programme has many benefits for your baby:

  • Improves digestion and provides relief from colic
  • Strengthens their muscles to help them sit up, crawl and walk
  • Helps baby relax and settle them into sleep routines
  • Encourages brain development
  • Builds their confidence and trust
  • Keeps them flexible when they grow older

Talking Times


  • Try and encourage your child to play with lots of different things, but remember to let them lead the play. Talk about what they are interested in.
    1. Name the object – “elephant
    2. Talk about what the object is doing“The elephant is drinking water”
    3. Talk about different parts – “The elephant has a trunk
    4. Describe the object using size – “The elephant is big
    5. Colour – “The elephant is grey
    6. Position “The elephant is under the tree
    7. Texture “The elephant’s tusks are hard
  • Share books together.
  • Dump the dummy during the day.
  • Have fun with nursery rhymes and songs, especially ones with actions.
  • Try not to let your child spend too long looking at TVs, tablets and phones, they love to interact with you.
  • Get down to your Child’s level and ‘Face to Face’ with your child so you can see what they are interested in and they know you are listening.
  • Help your child to understand language by using body language and pointing to the things you talk about. Use simple words in short sentences.
  • ‘Modelling’ will show your child how to use words in sentences. Repeat back what they say, add one or two extra words and emphasise any words you want the child to listen to.
    1. Child: “dog”
    2. Adult: “Yes, the dog is sleeping
  • If your child says a word incorrectly, repeat the word back correctly, emphasising the sound they have difficulty with, but do not ask them to repeat it.
    1. Child: “There’s a bish”
    2. Adult: “Yes it’s a fish”
  • Praise your child E.g. “You are listening really well” “Great talking”