Updates from Ministers of Communities and Education


Key Workers' Children & Vulnerable Children

Click here for an update from the Department of Education regarding information on schools open for vulnerable children and key workers’ children.

For a list of schools open for educational supervision - Click Here
For a key worker to make a school placement request - Click Here

Learning Resources for Children with Autism

Update from the Autism Advisory & Intervention is that intervention for individual pupils referred to AAIS will be suspended while schools remain closed. Planned trainings to parents and professionals will also be suspended at this time.  AAIS has provided resources and suggestions for strategies to use in the home in the (AAIS) area. Please click here to access this information.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust have published advice for Parents of Children with Autism which includes Anxiety and Stress, and COVID 19 resources. Click here to access this information.

Autism NI have put together an Educational Kit that includes which includes social stories, learning plans,routine charts, ebooks and audios for children of all ages. To access this, click here.

School Meals Update

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and Education Minister Peter Weir have announced plans to make sure families do not experience hardship as a result of schools closing.Lean more about the Free School Meals Update - Click Here