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Rise Parental Advice - Getting Ready for School




RISE NI Have some useful advice for Parents of pupils heading for Preschool - it is equally useful for parents of our new P1 pupils. Click on the link in the title above the picture to access the RISE Interactive Document. 








Keeping your child safe online.  






The PSNI, working with ParentingNi have produced a short Information video with important advice they have asked us to share: VIDEO LINK

Parent need to have open and honest conversations with children about the dangers that may be online.


When our children go outside to play, we ask who they are playing with and what they are doing. We need to consider doing the same thing for when our children engage online.


Are they speaking to somebody within a game or on social media that is a genuine friend of theirs, or is it an adult impersonating a child to try and groom your child in some way?


Alongside our colleagues at Parenting NI, the PSNI have made a video for how parents can talk to their children about what they are doing online. 




PSNI Advice - Online Scam Alert


The Police Service of Northern Ireland would like to take this opportunity to provide some useful Crime Prevention advice which will complement the distribution of the devices.


The electronic information booklets include the ‘Cyber Aware’ brochure and the ‘Little Book of Big Scams.’



Very useful advice and information is available on the  Scamwise NI website at







Education Authority Safeguarding



The Education Authority Safeguarding team have asked us to share the following links with our families:



Domestic Abuse help Video - Politicians across parties have come together to produce an awareness raising video (with signposting to helplines)


The HIDEOUT - Website for children with pointers for where they can seek help if needed. 





February 2021 Online Safety Newsletter







CAHMS - Good night's sleep guide.

CAHMS information and advice -Autism

CAHMS Information and advice for parents on ADHD




Young Person's Guide to Mental Health




Family and Health Resources


Southern Trust - Phone first information 0300 123 3 111

Education Authority - Latest High 5 Booklet - from Behaviour Support Team

PHA Germ Defence Information Flyer

Children and Young People Strategic Partnership - FYI Issue 60

Southern Area - Locality Planning Group - Child & Young Peoples Strategic Planning Group latest news

Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership - FYI Issue 58 - links to information and courses for parents and families across the Southern Trust

New Year 2022 - Parent Information zoom sessions you may be interested in. 


1. Southern Health and Social Care Trust - Regional Nutritional Information Sessions - January 2022


Parenting NI Zoom Sessions - Bounce Back 2022 - a fresh start - invitation to Zoom sessions - 6 week blocks.

Parenting NI latest online course for Parents - Formative Years Session 1 - Sleep

Parentline NI - one to One sessions - Surviving Separation

Parent Line - Support for parents of children finding the transition back to school a challenge

Hideout poster for children

Healthy Eating in School


The Southern Health and Social Services are running a webinar for parents interested in ideas for lunch boxes for the coming year are welcome to register for the webinars - details in picture below.

Education Authority - Free School Meals - Applications are open for September 2020



It is particularly important this year that applications are made in good time for this support.  Windsor Hill PS staff will be available to help if needed from 10th August - please call 028 30264047 or email Miss McKane before coming to school. 

Healthy Eating in Schools DENI Summary Policy



Curriculum and Learning.



Help Your Child with Subtraction


Any primary teacher will tell you that subtraction with exchange, or ‘subtraction with carrying’ as it used to be called, is one of the things that parents ask for help with the most. If it causes you sleepless nights, be assured that you are not the only parent walking the floor over this one.

CCEA have produced a step-by-step guide to subtraction with exchange that you and your child will enjoy!


Tens and Units Subtraction 


Link to Video - subtraction with Rosie - TU


Hundreds, Tens and Units


Link to Video - subtraction with Rosie - HTU

Education Authority - Third Edition - Literacy Service Newsletter




Memory, and issues with Working Memory can be an issue for some children, making it more of a challenge to retain, recall and in turn apply basic literacy knowledge and skills, which in turn can impact progress.  This edition of the newsletter conatins some links and access to support which you may find useful for your child.  


The electronic version is available here: LITERACY NEWSLETTER - MEMORY


Alernatively a PDF version is posted below.  


3rd Edition LIteracy Service Newsletter

NI4Kids - Link to Bank of Ireland Finance Awareness Resource


Youth Financial Wellbeing

Did you know that children as young as 3 can develop awareness of money, and by age 7 have begun to develop money habits for life? At Bank of Ireland UK we know that Financial Wellbeing is a core life skill. 

They have developed our Youth Financial Wellbeing Programme to help children understand about all things money.


Bank of Ireland Website Link


Education Authority Parents Literacy Newsletter parent's link

Literacy Service Newsletter


This edition of the newsletter includes information on Texthelp - Read and Write - software available for everyone to download which can read text to pupils and other useful articles and links. Use the title to access the link which works best in Chrome / Edge browsers.  Further information is included in the information letter below.



Community Links.


The SYPSP Translation Hub provides Useful information, a valuable point of contact and support for parents and carers in a range of languages. 

Deadline for EU Settled Status - 30th June 2021


The deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30th June 2021. All EU/EEA citizens and non-EU family members MUST apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, this includes those with a permanent residence document. It is important that ALL members of the family apply to the scheme, including children.

If an application is not made by 30th June 2021, EU/EEA citizens and non-EU family members currently living in the UK will become unlawfully resident.

This will prevent access to education, health care, social services, jobs, the rental market, and other rights. Individuals may be subject to removal from the UK. For the children and families in your school, it could mean loss of entitlement to NHS services, impacting on children’s access to vaccinations, and loss of entitlement to benefits affecting Free School Meals and School Uniform Allowance.
STEP can advise and support families completing applications. STEP is funded to deliver the EU Settlement Support Project via Tel: 028 8775 0211 or via Email:

Advice NI can offer face-to-face support to schools to help their families complete their application either in a safe schools’ space or outdoors using the Covid19 Safe Mobile Advice Van. Schools can book a session using the Advice NI Freephone Helpline: 0800 915 4604 or via Email:

Click on the picture below to go to the information video.


Link to EU Settlement Scheme website - Information can be translated into various EU languages


Census 2021

Be a part of Census 2021

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. The census gives us a picture of all the people and households in Northern Ireland. It gathers vital information that helps plan and fund public services, such as transport, education and health. By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you will help make sure your local area gets the services it needs.

It’s easy to fill in your census questionnaire online.  You can complete on any device and it only takes around 20 minutes per household.

1. Use the pack we sent in the post at the start of March which contains your household access code.

2. Go to and select “Start census”.

3. Enter your household access code.  You can find this 16 digit code on the letter in your pack.    

4. Answer the questions and submit when complete.


What support is available?

Deaf, speech or hearing impairments

The online census questionnaire is compatible with most assistive technologies. At Accessible videos with BSL and ISL - Census 2021 you will find videos using BSL, ISL and subtitles that contain all the information you need to take part. If you have any questions, you can ring our text relay service on 18001 328 2021.

Learning disabilities or cognitive impairments

To help you take part in the census, we’ve created an easy read information leaflet Easy Read - Census 2021.

Blind or partially sighted

Most assistive technologies are compatible with the online census questionnaire, and we have created videos with audio to share important guidance Accessible videos with BSL and ISL - Census 2021. You can also order a braille guidance booklet, which includes information and translations of the census questions or a large-print paper questionnaire pack from our contact centre on 0800 328 2021.

Language support

Guidance booklets are available in 17 languages from Languages - Census 2021. They provide information and translate all the questions in the census questionnaire. If you’d like to ask a question using an interpreter, you can call the free language helpline on 0800 587 2021. If someone is not immediately available, you can book an appointment for later.

Lack confidence online

We aim to make things as easy as possible for everyone, but if you need support to complete your census online, we’re here to help. Our staff are available on the phone or online to provide practical support and guidance. If you prefer, you can request a paper questionnaire from our contact centre on 0800 328 2021.

For more help and advice visit or call our contact centre on 0800 328 2021

Easy Read Census Guide Leaflet

NI$ KIDS - February Online Magazine

Bolster Community Newsletter January 2021 (Formerly SPACE)



Parenting Resources and Links


Parentline NI - Back to Basics - February Edition

Newry Sure Start - January Daisy Mail

Kids Ni - Christmas and New Year Magazine 


Use the link below to access the Kids NI Latest Magazine.  Some additional Christmas reading with competition and prizes to be won.

Parenting Programmes

A range of  evidence based parenting programmes have been planned for the New Year in the Southern Trust area. See summary below. 


All programmes are being delivered through zoom at present and are available across the Southern Trust area.  Please contact Miss McKane who will help with registration if you would like to avail of any of these courses. 


For a full list including programmes provided by Sure Starts please visit our webpage  Details on classification levels, anticipated outcomes are available in the attached flyer (1)  NI Evidence Based Programmes. 





Target audience/ Age Range

Start Date

Facilitated by/Referral


Early Years

Mellow Bumps Programme-flyer attached (2)

Mums to be 20-30 weeks gestation

February 10th 10.30am-12.30pm

Specialist Health Visitor/Promoting Wellbeing


t:  028 37 564489  Maureen McSorley

Incredible Years Autism & Speech & Language delay programme

Parents of Children 2- 5 years and in some cases up to 7 years

January 21st 10am-11.30am

Autism Services & Parenting Partnership

Referral to: Parenting Partnership Tel: 07880474747

Incredible Babies Programme

Parent and Babies

Birth-12 months

April 28th 10am-11.30am

Parenting Partnership Tel: 07880474747

School Age

Incredible Years School Age

Parents of children 5-12 years

11th January Evenings


Parenting Partnership Tel: 07880474747

Incredible Years School Age

Parents of children 5-12 years

13th January 10am-12pm

Homestart Newry/IY Mentor

Homestart Newry
Tel: 028 417 64120 email:

Teen Programmes

Parents Plus Adolescent Programme-flyer attached (3)

Parents of adolescents

18th January 10am-12pm

Bolster Community, Newry
Tel: 028 30835764 (Aine)

Odyssey Parenting Your Teen-flyer attached (4)


Parents of adolescents

25th  January 7pm-8.30pm

Parenting NI Freephone 08088010722


NI Evidence Based Parenting Programmes Information leaflet. Zoom Programmes

Education Authority - Children and Young People Support Services Parents' June Newsletter 



The Family Support Hubs continue to be open for referrals during the current situation. They will try to access Family Support agencies during this time but this will be subject to individual projects ability to respond.

If you want to advise us of any changes to service provision or have particular needs you want to source during the current situation please contact and we will try to connect with the appropriate information.



LINK TO CYPSS Parents' June Newsletter


LINK to SWGFL Online Safety information newsletter

Advice for Parents from NSPCC

NSPCC website



If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find these web and document links useful.

Evidence Based Parenting Programs form the SHSCT

Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) - November newsletter- lots of links to useful information, with links specifically to Newry

Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) - October newsletter- lots of links to useful info from our area.

Parentline - Back to Basics Update

Education Restart - New Day


We are preparing to welcome our P7 pupils back to school on Monday 24th August with our  P2 - P6 pupils returning on Tuesday 1st September. 


Further guidance and specific information for our school will be issued on this page by Wednesday 19th August. 


In the mean time please have a look at the letters and information leaflet issued by the Department of Education on Thursday 13th August outlining their aims and recommendations to parents.  If you have any specific questions or queries please feel free to email Miss McKane at any time.

Links from the Education Authority to support parents working at home with children who benefit from additional help. 


The following information is aimed at supporting parents during this phase of remote learning.



The Education Authority’s Literacy Service provides support for pupils, schools and parents in the area of specific learning difficulties in literacy (SpLDs)/dyslexia is available to help 


CEOP link