Minister for Social Development , Nelson McCausland has officially opened the Tullycarnet Enhanced Nurture Unit following a £40,000 upgrade funded by DSD.
The upgrade provides state of the art ICT equipment to facilitate children’s improvement with numeracy and literacy skills.
Minister McCausland said: “Tullycarnet Nurture Unit was one of the very first nurture units in Northern Ireland and has been a great success. Since its inception in 2000, many young children have been given intensive support to develop the required skills to overcome issues such as social inclusion and educational underachievement.
“In fact, the success of the Tullycarnet Nurture Unit was a contributing factor to the further investment by the NI Executive in February 2014 which provided additional funding of £3million. This created a further 20 nurture units at primary schools across Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of specialist facilities to 30.”
The Nurture Unit aims to positively intervene to improve educational attainment in children who have been identified as being at risk of low achievement because of social and emotional problems. It provides a nurturing environment where children can develop and be enabled to access the curriculum and participate fully in school life.
Minister continued: “I was especially pleased to be able to provide this additional funding to upgrade the existing facilities at Tullycarnet. The staff have done an amazing job in raising self-esteem and changing attitudes and behaviours. The provision of this state of the art ICT equipment will further enhance the children’s learning experiences and educational attainment levels.
“While I fully support any opportunity for every young person to achieve his or her full potential at each stage of their development, the services offered by the Tullycarnet Enhanced Nurture Unit also support my Department’s strategic objectives of community, social and economic renewal. These objectives aim to improve the quality of life for people not only in the Tullycarnet area but in some of our most deprived neighbourhoods within Northern Ireland.”
The Enhanced Nurture Unit located at Tullycarnet Primary School is also supported by SE&ELB, Barnardo’s and Tullycarnet Support services,
Notes to editors:
1. The Department for Social Development, through Neighbourhood Renewal, has contributed additional funding of £39,747 to cover the costs of the refurbishments and the provision of state of the art ICT equipment for Tullycarnet Enhanced Nurture Unit.
2. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy “People and Places” which was published in June 2003 sets out governments proposals for closing the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society.
The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:
Community Renewal – to develop confident communities that are able and committed to improving the quality of life in the areas;
Economic Renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy;
Social Renewal – to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better co-ordinated public services and the creation of safer environments; and
Physical Renewal – to help create attractive, safe, and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods.