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18 06, 2021

McIlveen announces new measures to support childcare providers

2021-06-18T13:19:09+01:00June 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen today announced a further extension to two Covid-19 childcare support funds. This includes a third phase of the Childcare Sustainability Fund for the period 1 April to 30 June 2021 and the Childcare Covid-19 Temporary Closure Fund from 1 April to 30 September 2021. The Minister [...]

17 06, 2021

Summer of Play!

2021-06-18T14:47:07+01:00June 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|

PlayBoard NI has joined with Play England, Play Scotland, Play Wales, playfirstuk, Playing Out and Save the Children to call for children’s play to be prioritised this summer to repair some of the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic on children’s well-being. Summer of Play campaigners including charities, businesses and [...]

17 06, 2021

We are recruiting

2021-06-17T10:44:36+01:00June 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Administrator (Peace IV) Job role: Administration Salary: NJC Salary Scale 4 NJC pts 7-11 (£19,554 - £21,166) per annum Hours per week: 35.00 Closing date: Friday 2 July 2021 at 2:00pm PlayBoard is the leading agency for the promotion, development and delivery of play in Northern Ireland. This vibrant organisation [...]

11 06, 2021

Play Your Part

2021-06-11T09:10:08+01:00June 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Developing a participatory framework within youth services Play Your Part is a new, exciting one-year pilot project led by PlayBoard NI and funded by the Education Authority (EA), aimed at supporting youth groups to embed a culture of effective participation and practice with children aged four to eight years. The [...]

10 06, 2021

Covid-19 restrictions impacting children’s play

2021-06-16T09:46:26+01:00June 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

PlayBoard NI, Stranmillis University College and the Controlled Schools’ Support Council recently embarked on a collaborative research project to examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the quality of play within early years classrooms, as well as the impact on children’s engagement, social interaction and emotional well-being. The research [...]

8 06, 2021

Webinar – Places for Recovery? Museums, Children’s Well-being and Covid-19

2021-06-08T15:19:21+01:00June 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Monday 28 June, 10:30 - 11:45am Alan Herron, Director of Service Delivery and Development at PlayBoard will be joining GEM (Group for Education in Museums) at their webinar on 28 June. The session will explore how museums can support children and young people's well-being against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alan will [...]

2 06, 2021

School Age Childcare webinars with National Childhood Network

2021-06-02T11:30:13+01:00June 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

PlayBoard is delivering a number of webinars for School Age Childcare providers throughout June with National Childhood Network. Planning Essential Play Experiences for School Age Children, Thursday 3 June, 7:00 - 8.15pm Children need to play! How do we, as practitioners, make sure we are meeting our children’s play needs? [...]

27 05, 2021

Webinar – Summer of Play Outdoors

2021-06-14T11:23:57+01:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Webinar for School Age Childcare providers Date: Wednesday 16 JuneTime: 10:00 - 11:00am or 7:00 - 8:00pm *fully booked*Platform: ZoomBook: https://pbsummerofplayoutdoors160621.eventbrite.com Playing outdoors can encourage a healthy lifestyle and help children burn off some energy. Getting out in nature helps children become aware of the environment and is good for [...]

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