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2 12, 2021

OUR Generation launches Transgenerational Trauma Awareness Day 15 December

2021-12-02T14:05:39+00:00December 2nd, 2021|OUR Generation|

OUR Generation is launching the inaugural Transgenerational Trauma Awareness Day on 15 December 2021. OUR Generation aims to halt the transgenerational impact of trauma and build emotional resilience and peace for generations to come. On 15 December, the project aims to raise awareness and expand the conversation around Transgenerational Trauma. Zoom [...]

29 11, 2021

Job opportunity – Senior Research Coordinator (re-advertisement)

2021-12-02T14:06:49+00:00November 29th, 2021|Jobs, Research|

Job Role: Policy & Research Salary: £29,636 - £31,371 per annum Hours per week: 35.00 Closing date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 5:00pm PlayBoard is the leading agency for the promotion, development and delivery of play in Northern Ireland. This vibrant organisation is at the forefront of shaping the future of children and [...]

25 11, 2021

Kilcooley Primary School is TOPS!

2021-12-02T15:27:32+00:00November 25th, 2021|Schools, TOPS|

Kilcooley Primary School in Bangor is the latest school to receive PlayBoard's Taking Outdoor Play Seriously (TOPS) Award. The school received the prestigious award for their commitment to children’s learning and development through their dedication to improving their outdoor play provision. Despite the challenges and delays that Covid-19 brought, the [...]

22 11, 2021

Daycare survey – Impact of Covid-19 on maternity cover

2021-12-02T14:24:59+00:00November 22nd, 2021|Research, School Age Childcare|

Early Years and survey partners including PlayBoard, NIDCO and Altram have been working closely with the Departments of Health and Education to support the sector over the Covid-19 period as part of a Childcare Reference Group.A new Covid Closure Scheme has just opened to support eligible settings who have followed PHA guidelines and are/were required [...]

19 11, 2021

McIlveen announces further measures to support childcare providers

2021-12-02T14:25:49+00:00November 19th, 2021|School Age Childcare|

Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen today announced an extension to the Covid-19 Childcare Temporary Closure Fund for the period 1 October to 31 December 2021. The fund will provide continued support for childcare providers who have been forced to close temporarily due to a Covid-related incident within their provision. Applications to the [...]

18 11, 2021

Universal Credit updates with Employers for Childcare – Webinar 9 December

2021-12-02T14:27:33+00:00November 18th, 2021|School Age Childcare, Webinars|

Webinar for School Age Childcare providers. Date: Thursday 9 DecemberTime: 10:00 – 11:00amPlatform: ZoomBook: https://pbuniversalcreditupdatesemployersforchildcare91221.eventbrite.com Changes to Universal Credit have been announced which will apply from October and December 2021. The changes include help with ‘upfront’ childcare costs for those moving into work, where eligible parents will be able to claim a grant [...]

10 11, 2021

Education Minister launches play programme

2021-12-02T14:30:29+00:00November 10th, 2021|Positive Playgrounds, Schools, TOPS|

Twenty schools from across Northern Ireland have been selected to participate in a new play programme funded by the Department of Education.  The play programme which focuses on Covid-19 recovery, will support the schools to enhance their outdoor play offer and improve children’s school-based play experiences during this academic year. Ten schools will [...]

2 11, 2021

Webinar – Festive programme planning

2021-12-02T14:31:41+00:00November 2nd, 2021|School Age Childcare, Webinars|

Webinar for School Age Childcare providers. Date: Tuesday 23 November Time: 10:00 - 11:00am or 7:00 - 8:00pm Platform: Zoom December is a time for celebration in many cultures such as: Bodhi Day (Buddhist)Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)Hanukkah (Jewish)Pancha Ganapati (Hindu)Christmas Day (Christian)Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English)Kwanzaa (African American) and more. [...]

20 10, 2021

Ballymena Primary School coming out TOPS

2021-12-02T15:23:02+00:00October 20th, 2021|Schools, TOPS|

Congratulations to Ballymena Primary School on achieving their TOPS Award! This week, staff from PlayBoard were delighted to visit Ballymena Primary School to present pupils and staff with their Taking Outdoor Play Seriously Award. The TOPS Quality Assurance Programme and Award for Outdoor Play is aimed at supporting schools to [...]

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