This policy brief goes beyond highlighting the important role parents can play in supporting their children’s development, and looks at the policy context which enables, but also at times hinders, this central scaffold. Full publication here
KHF has completed an edition of its Community Matters series no. 7, which provides a summary of the Initiative. The summary includes the rationale for PSI, KHF’s approach to planning and developing PSI and an outline of the different project themes. The three key elements of the Initiative are highlighted – collaborative working, engaging parents and training in and delivery of Parenting Support Programmes.
Central to this work is the recognition of the importance of capturing and sharing the learning from PSI both with the projects involved and with other organisations, agencies and funders with a commitment to supporting parents and young children.
The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team within the Department of Education NI is taking forward a Play and Leisure project entitled Play Matters which is funded through the Delivering Social Change – Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) and The Atlantic Philanthropies. More information on the campaign here.
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On 21 March, at an event organised by Barnardos in Leinster House, KHF gave TDs and Senators a preview of the findings from our recent online survey of parents: Giving Our Children the Best Start in Life.
The five key messages are :
Time Matters, Family Matters, Choice Matters, Money Matters and Supports Matter.
Behind each of these key messages are the rich thoughts of almost 500 parents.
Francis Chance of KHF gave a presentation of the findings which is available here.
A Summary Report and the Full Report will be available by the end of March.
Left to right:
Amanda Pyron, Barnardos who spoke on internet safety, Deputy Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs who hosted the event, Amy McArdle from Early Childhood Ireland, Fergus Finlay from Barnardos who spoke on the Lost Child Campaign and Francis Chance from the Katharine Howard Foundation who presented the survey findings.
Barnardos have a number of interesting events coming up in March. The first of these considers Professionalism in the Early Years and will be of interest to anyone working in or studying early years education and care. The following week we are holding a seminar entitled Emotional Development: Unlocking your child’s potential, which considers how parents can support their child’s mental, emotional and social development. Both events are free and further details are given below. Continue reading here…