Health Support Worker (temporary)

Coleraine Sure Start Partnership wish to recruit the following:

Health Support Worker (Temporary)

To work as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Team carrying out a range of duties to support parents and children’s health and wellbeing. This will include the preparation and delivery of programmes and workshops, facilitating group activity and carrying out home visits. This post will require occasional evening and weekend work to support all parents/children/caregivers.

  • Salary – NJC Pt 5 / £19,312 (pro rata)
  • Hours – 20 hours per week
  • Temporary- subject to review March 2022
  • Base – Sure Start, Society Street

Please return all documents to: or
34c Society Street, Coleraine, BT52 1LA

Closing Date Friday 23rd April at 12.00 noon with Interviews to be held Week Beginning 10th May 2021

Note: CV’s will not be accepted.

Early Years Outreach Worker

Title:                             Early Years Outreach Worker (20 hours)

Salary:                         NJC Point 3-4: £18,562 – £18,933 (pro rata) starting at Point 3

Base:                           Sure Start, Society Street

Responsible to:         Early Years Manager

Summary of Post:

The post holders will deliver:

  • home visits in order to extend learning and play experiences, and in response to individual needs identified by parents or an early years setting
  • sessions for parents and/or children in early years settings including group work, stay and plays and short programmes.   

Completed Application Forms MUST be received not later than:

Tuesday 3rd November at 12.00 noon

Applications received after the above time will not be considered.

Please return form to: Admin Team

                                      Coleraine Sure Start Partnership

                                      34c Society Street


                                      BT52 1LA

or Email:

Please note that CVs are not accepted

May Message of the Month

Over use of a dummy can be damaging.  Start to reduce the dummy when your child is 6 months old.  Reducing the use of the dummy…

  • gives your child a chance to build up the muscles in their mouth (e.g. moving their tongue), babble and talk
  • is  better for the growth and position of your child’s teeth
  • reduces the risk of colds and ear infections

What you can do?

  • Use an ‘orthodontic’ or flat teat dummy as this will cause less damage to the teeth.
  • Aim to start reducing the dummy at 6 months.
  • Start by reducing the dummy to sleep/ bedtime only.
  • Take out the dummy when your child is trying to babble/ talk.
  • Never be tempted to dip the dummy in sugary food or drinks.
  • Choose a suitable time to get rid of the dummy, not a stressful time.
  • If your child is older, talk to them about giving up their dummy – that they are a ‘big boy/ girl’ and are able to do so much. Involve them in helping to gather up all their dummies to put in a bag to give away.  Make sure there are none hiding anywhere!
  • Once you have taken the dummy away, do not give it back.
  • Comfort your child at night with a bedtime story and cuddly toy.

Starting to Potty Train?

Using a potty is a new skill for your child to learn. It’s best to take it slowly and go at your child’s pace. Most parents start thinking about potty training when their child is between 2 and 2 and a half, but there’s no perfect time. Our Facebook post lists the 5 top signs they might be ready.

Preparation is key!

  • Talk about wees and poos! Even letting them come into the toilet with you and watch what you do can really help
  • Get them involved, let them pick the potty/toilet seat/step. Let them pick the hand soap they’d like, they more involved they are the better!
  • Remember to be consistent; make sitting on the potty part of everyday life
  • Keep the potty in the bathroom (upstairs and downstairs)
  • Having toys or books to play with can help your child to sit still
  • Avoid tight clothes or ones with lots of buttons to make it easier for them
  • Buy floor cleaner and washing powder- accidents will happen!
  • Stay calm and be patient- children pick up on your emotions.

Let’s get started!

  • Encourage your child to sit on the potty after meals
  • Use the potty to wee, this will help them build their confidence
  • Make sure your child washes their hands
  • It’s good to teach girls to wipe from front to back
  • Don’t limit their drinks to help them stay dry as it doesn’t work. The bladder needs to be filled and emptied properly to keep it working well
  • Accidents; they will not feel anxious or worried if it happens again if you remain calm.

We got this!

  • Praise goes a long way! Your child will be delighted when they succeed, so let them know they have done well.
  • Avoid using sweets as a reward, try a sticker chart instead
  • Don’t be surprised if you get a spell of a few good days and then BANG…just keep trying.

There is more information on the NHS website about:

  • Pants and Pull ups
  • Night-Time Training

Admin Assistant (Maternity Cover)

We are recruiting for a Admin Assistant (maternity cover). This role is a To provide administrative support to the Sure Start team, including data entry and reception duties.

  • Salary – NJC Pt 14 / £18,795 (pro rata)
  • Hours – 30 hours per week

Closing Date Wednesday 11th March at 12.00 noon

with Interviews to be held Week Beginning 23rd March 2020

For a full set of criteria and an application form:

Email: or write to Recruitment at Coleraine Sure Start Partnership, 34c Society Street, Coleraine BT52 1LA or CLICK LINK BELOW.

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

International Mother Language Day

Today, 21.02.19, is ‘International Mother Language Day’ – It is very important that parents use the language they know best and feel most comfortable using. A child who develops good use of their ‘Mother Tongue’, is more likely to develop good English when they start pre-school or school.

Bilingual Advice Info Sheet

Playing with Nature

Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have been declining over time and children today are therefore having much less contact with the natural world.

Play Matters have created an info sheet of tips on how you can get outside and play

Playing with Nature Mud and Getting Dirty



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!