BCCN/ NCN….  remembering John Hume with fondness, awe and appreciation 

It is with sadness yes, but also with great fondness, awe  and appreciation that NCN, formerly  the Border Counties Childcare Network, remembers John Hume on the day that his death  has been announced.  What an inspirational man,  who has left a lasting  positive legacy on the island of  Ireland. Inspired, as an MEP, by the way  former warring  European countries  could work together through the European Union, he used his observations and learning as the basis upon which he worked to secure  EU funding to support the peace process and the  provision  of the first Peace and Reconciliation Programme for Northern Ireland and the Southern Border Counties. Many communities  have since benefitted from his visionary  thinking and commitment, not least those communities who accessed EU support and funding for the development of early childhood  and after school services, both in Northern Ireland and the Border Region.  Many services  for children and families that exist today, in both regions,  do so thanks to  the EU support secured by John  Hume. The development of BCCN/NCN in 1997,  a quality support agency for the Early Childhood and School Age sector, which still exists today,  was  first made possible through John Hume’s work  and his understanding of the benefits of such services  for  children, families, communities and  the future of Northern Ireland. Many have continued to walk in his footsteps.

Sincere sympathy to his wife Pat and family. May he rest in peace.

A New Payment Plan for Childhood Service Providers to Join IBEC

After weeks of working with IBEC to secure their support for the childhood services sector, significant progress has been made. With 427 service providers now fully paid up members and 1000 others signing the Expression of Interest form, IBEC is now in a position to offer a payment plan to providers not able to pay their full membership fee upfront.

This has resulted in IBEC introducing a direct debit payment option this week which is available for all category members. Payments can be made by monthly or quarterly d/d mandate depending on what best suits their service / business. The credit card option also remains open. With this progress IBEC is now in a position to work on behalf of service providers delivering a broad range of services for children and families, from the stand alone ECCE sessional provider to larger offering a broad range of services. A full report on progress made over the last few months will be made available shortly.
 

As part of a collaboration with our partners in the HSE we have now put the pilot programme Healthy Ireland Smart Start for 0-3 year olds online. These are quite short videos of which there are five covering Health Promotion, Oral Health,Nutrition, Physical Activity and Emotional Well-being. If you are interested you can book online here

We also have a range of free online training to support your own well-being 2 sessions of Chair Yoga and 2 sessions of Compassion Meditation you can book online here

Nurturing Interactions in a Dynamic Environment is another video you can access for free book here