Northern Ireland 20162018-08-02T13:52:25+00:00
Northern Ireland 2016

Junior Ministers host 4 Nations Play Symposium

On Thursday 10th March 2016 at the Cultra Manor, the biennial Four Nations Play Symposium was hosted by the Office of the First and deputy First Minister and supported by PlayBoard NI.  This year marked the turn of Northern Ireland to host this significant and important event within the play sector’s calendar.  In bringing together delegations from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including senior officials with responsibility for play, the symposium lived up to its promise to stimulate much discussion, debate and dialogue and to shape the future direction of play policy and strategy across the four nations.

Junior Ministers Pengelly and McCann hosted the event, which was expertly chaired by Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and included input from Marguerite Hunter Blair (Play Scotland), Robin Sutcliffe (Children’s Play Policy Forum), Mike Greenaway (Play Wales), Nicola Butler (Play England) and Theresa Casey (IPA President), copies of presentations can be found below.

Junior Ministers Pengelly and McCann hosted the event with proceedings being chaired by Koulla Yiasouma, .

High on the agenda for the day was inequalities besetting play provision, the need for social action to ensure play is always central within the lives of children and young people, and the learning emerging from the Welsh Play Sufficiency Duty. Other key areas included the realisation of Article 31 of the UNCRC, allowing children to be able to play, particularly during the school day and how play contributes to children physical activity, their health and well-being.

A full copy of the 4 Nations Play Symposium Report is available by clicking here

Presentations of the day included (just click on the title to download):

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