Play Services

5 04, 2022

The Play Pod – PlayBoard’s new podcast

2022-04-06T10:53:39+01:00April 5th, 2022|Communities, Councils, OUR Generation, Play Services, Play Your Part, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, TOPS, Young People, Youth@Play|

We are delighted to share our new podcast - The Play Pod. Listen now on PodBean at or find us on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Episode 5 - Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) joins PlayBoard CEO, Jacqueline O'Loughlin to discuss children's right to [...]

3 03, 2022

Inclusive play park study reports families facing exclusion from play parks

2022-03-03T11:47:26+00:00March 3rd, 2022|Advocacy, Communities, Councils, Play Services, Play Space, Research|

Fifty-seven percent of families who have a child with a physical, learning, sensory, medical, undiagnosed or complex need are unable to play in play parks as often as they would like, with a similar amount (56%) having to travel long distances to access a play park that meets their family’s [...]

8 03, 2021

NICMA Play Dates

2021-03-08T12:43:07+00:00March 8th, 2021|Play Services, Webinars|

Funded via the Childcare Partnerships, PlayBoard NI is excited to be working with NICMA (Northern Ireland Childminding Association) to offer registered childminders the opportunity to avail of some free, online Play Dates. These six weekly interactive Play Dates are being delivered via zoom and are being facilitated by PlayBoard [...]

24 02, 2021

Guidance On Play And Recreation During COVID-19

2021-02-24T12:24:15+00:00February 24th, 2021|Councils, Play Services, Play Space|

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges for our society leading to the implementation of significant measures by government as they have sought to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of contraction to individuals. Following an increase in the Covid-19 infection rate, on the [...]

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 [...]

14 10, 2020

Play Reflections – Building A Better Future For Every Child

2020-10-14T12:27:50+01:00October 14th, 2020|Play Services, Play Space, School Age Childcare, Schools|

As I reflect on my own play memories it fills me with a sense of happiness and joy that inevitably brings a smile to my face. I was one of the lucky ones, with my childhood being full of freedom to explore the outdoors with a rich natural environment [...]

14 09, 2020

PlayBoard NI Welcomes Reopening Of Soft Play Areas

2020-09-14T11:00:23+01:00September 14th, 2020|Play Services, Play Space|

PlayBoard NI, the lead agency for play in Northern Ireland has welcomed the NI Executive’s decision to allow the reopening of soft play areas from Monday 14 September. In welcoming the decision to reopen, PlayBoard Director of Service Delivery and Development Alan Herron said: “Research undertaken by PlayBoard has [...]

9 07, 2020

PlayBoard Welcomes Reopening Of Play Parks

2020-07-09T14:35:25+01:00July 9th, 2020|Councils, Play Services, Play Space, Positive Playgrounds|

PlayBoard NI, the lead agency for play in Northern Ireland has welcomed the NI Executive’s decision to allow the reopening of Play Parks from 10 July as part of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Welcoming the reopenings, PlayBoard Chief Executive Jacqueline O’Loughlin said: “The severe social restrictions associated with [...]

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