Judith is adding her support to the NI Water campaign urging the public to 'Beat the Freeze'' this winter, calling on constituents to check that homes and businesses are prepared for the cold weather conditions.
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Why did the jellybean go to school? He wanted to be a smartie!
The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has resumed the search for the very best in local comic talent.
Entries are now open for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) '2016 Voice Box Awards' schools joke-telling contest which returns to Parliament Buildings on 7 March next year.
Judith is reminding parents of children born between 2nd July 2012 and 1st July 2013 that they will need to apply for a pre-school place in the coming weeks.
The Programme for Government gives a commitment to provide a year of pre-school education for all those who want it, however this does not mean that children will always be placed in their preferred setting. Preparations are currently underway for the admissions process for pre-school places in September 2016 and Judith is encouraging parents to visit their local nurseries and pre-schools in advance of the application deadline on 13th January 2016 at noon.
Judith Cochrane MLA said, "As a Mum of primary school children, I know how busy this time of year can be but I cannot emphasise enough the importance of visiting your local pre-school providers to ask about specific entrance criteria so that you make the best choices when completing the application form."
"In previous years I have seen children miss out on a place in one of their preferred settings because of poorly informed selections at the time of application."
Judith is encouraging the 11,608 unpaid carers in East Belfast to find about their rights as part of national Carers Rights Day, a campaign led by Carers NI urging people caring for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.
As part of the essential sewer improvement work which is ongoing in Mersey Street, NI Water have advised that emergency repair work will required on Dee Street next week, with Dee Street expected to be closed from Severn Street to the Sydenham roundabout from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th November.