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5 01, 2021

Minister Announces New Measures To Support Childcare Providers

2021-01-05T13:25:45+00:00January 5th, 2021|School Age Childcare|

New proposals have been announced today to provide financial assistance for Covid-19 related closures in the childcare sector between September and December last year. Education Minister, Peter Weir outlined the plans following the allocation of a total of £3.64 million for childcare providers who have temporarily closed during the [...]

3 12, 2020

PlayBoard NI Welcomes Announcement Of Childcare Sustainability Fund

2020-12-03T14:21:04+00:00December 3rd, 2020|School Age Childcare|

PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for the development of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland, welcomes the support package available to School Aged Childcare providers through the Department of Education’s Childcare Sustainability Fund. The Childcare Sustainability Fund aims to support the ongoing recovery and sustainability within the [...]

24 11, 2020

Playful Schools And Learning Outdoors

2021-01-13T11:45:11+00:00November 24th, 2020|Schools|

*Cancelled* Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this webinar has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Date: Thursday 28 January 2021 Time: 3:00pm Platform: Zoom Come along to our webinar and join in the conversation about the school day within the Covid-19 restrictions and the Department of Education's Education [...]

24 11, 2020

Creating Your Business Plan

2020-11-24T14:36:55+00:00November 24th, 2020|School Age Childcare|

Two part webinar series for School Age Childcare providers Part 1: Ten reasons why you need a business plan Date: Thursday 3 December, 6:30 – 7:30pm OR Friday 4 December, 10:00 – 11:00am Platform: Zoom Part 1 in this webinar series will look at the reasons why having a business plan [...]

20 11, 2020

Survey Shows Covid-19 Restrictions Could Have Long-term Impact On Children’s Play And Development

2020-11-21T19:00:22+00:00November 20th, 2020|Research|

Children and young people in Northern Ireland have been significantly affected by the restrictions associated with lockdown, with their natural desire to play curbed, potentially impacting their long-term health, wellbeing and development, according to new research published by PlayBoard NI, the lead agency for play in Northern Ireland. Earlier [...]

19 11, 2020

Christmas Craft Share Webinar For Afterschools

2020-11-23T15:28:53+00:00November 19th, 2020|School Age Childcare, Webinars|

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020 Time: 10:30am Platform: Zoom Christmas is almost upon us and it is the most exciting, special time of the Afterschool calendar - the children are full of wonder, expectation and excitement and the Afterschools look so much brighter and colourful with their Christmas decorations. As Christmas is [...]

8 11, 2020

Planning For Play

2020-11-24T15:47:44+00:00November 8th, 2020|School Age Childcare|

Date: 27 November 2020 Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Platform: Zoom Children need to play! As Playworkers in a world which seems full of restrictions, we need to make sure that we are meeting our children’s play needs. In order to do that effectively in a play setting we need to plan ahead [...]

5 11, 2020

The Importance Of Budgeting And Cash Flow Forecasting

2020-11-05T16:40:44+00:00November 5th, 2020|School Age Childcare|

Date & time: Thursday 12 November, 6.30 – 7.30pm OR Friday 13 November 2020, 10:00 – 11:00am. Platform: Zoom Effective financial management is especially important during these uncertain times. No matter how small your School Age Childcare project is, it is essential to keep accurate financial records and review [...]

2 11, 2020

Funding & Fundraising During Challenging Times

2020-11-02T13:26:49+00:00November 2nd, 2020|School Age Childcare|

5 November, 6:30 - 7:30pm OR 6 November, 10:00 - 11:00am This session for School Age Childcare providers will provide you with information on funding and fundraising during these very challenging times. Covid-19, along with lockdown and social-distancing measures, has left many businesses struggling to make ends meet. Non-profit [...]

19 10, 2020

Update Fixed Play Areas

2020-10-19T15:43:58+01:00October 19th, 2020|Councils, Play Services, Play Space|

On 14 October the NI Executive announced a number of time-bound interventions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 with restrictions coming into regulatory effect on 16 October. The interventions announced did not include any change in status for fixed play areas. Fixed play areas can therefore remain open [...]

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