As many of you will be aware NAPI has been extremely concerned about the level of funding we receive to provide the support to parent and toddler groups across the city.
We have been extremely fortunate to avoid the devastating effects of the loss of funding to this point.
However, as we approach a new financial year, from 1st April 2017, we have suffered a major loss of funding and as a result we are working to re-structure the support we are able to provide.
So what does this mean for toddler groups?
From the 1st April:
This may look like a bleak picture but I want to assure you that NAPI is committed to delivering support services for Parent and Toddler Groups and Child minders across the city.
We are continuing to look for other sources of funding to replace some of the services we had to stop. We will let you know the results of these as and when they happen.
The toy library will undergo a major re-structure, however we will continue to deliver a service through the support workers and by appointment to visit the toy store.
As these changes have meant a major re-structuring of the service, some members of staff have chosen to take voluntary redundancy. I’m sure you will join me in thanking them for the support they have given to you and the members of your group.
There will be some difficult times ahead and I hope that you will bear with us as we work through them.
Please continue to keep in touch with us by telephone, email or facebook and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Keep up the good work and I promise to keep raising the profile of parent and toddler groups, keep raising awareness of the valuable work you do and try to attract funding that will ensure the future of the support available to you.
Thank you for your support
Newcastle Action for Parent and Toddler Groups Initiative (NAPI) has been working since 1995 to raise the profile of parent and toddler groups and increase the amount of support available to them.
NAPI works with adults and children under 5 to provide access to appropriate quality services which:
NAPI offers advice,information,support and a listening ear from a qualified and experienced staff team to ensure happy,safe,well resourced and welcoming environments.
In order to do this NAPI provides:
To see a full list Parent and Toddler Groups in the city you can:
Visit the toy library section of this site for a full explanation of all NAPI's toy library services.A new toy library service for parents will be launched on 14th September 2016. Little Borrowers's Playtime will run every Wednesday afternoon (1.00-2.30pm) in term time. Parents will be able to borrow up to 4 toys for 4 weeks.The session will cost £1.50(plus 50p for each extra child)
What is an Inclusion Worker?
NAPI provides a team of workers who work with individual children with additional needs/disabilities to help them attend mainstream Pre-school provision.Worker time is also allocated following an application process by the Pre-school.
For more information telephone NAPI Tel 0191 2656158
What is a Play Practitioner?
Play Practitioners work in a targeted area. Currently staff work as part of the central team of Newcastle Community Family Hub.They offer play sessions, baby socials,home birth visits and one to one play sessions.To check your eligibility visit www.surestartnewcastle.co.uk
Visit our Facebook page for more info on events,activities,current issues and news relevant to parents and children in Newcastle. Like us on Newcastle Action for Parent and Toddler Group Initiative https://www.facebook.com/pages/Newcastle-Action-for-Parent-and-Toddler-Group-Initiative-NAPI/391957890932237FacebookFacebook