Play Space

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 [...]

19 05, 2021

Reclaiming Play Spaces

2021-12-03T10:39:54+00:00May 19th, 2021|Councils, Events, Play Space|

March 2021 The Reclaiming Play Spaces programme facilitated by PlayBoard NI and funded by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council ran from October 2020 to February 2021. Play sessions were delivered in five areas of Antrim and Newtownabbey and aimed to bring free, unstructured play opportunities to children, parents and staff [...]

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 [...]

1 04, 2019

Survey: Play Opportunities For Children With Disabilities

2019-10-11T18:45:47+01:00April 1st, 2019|Play Services, Play Space, Research|

Do playgrounds in Northern Ireland allow your child (or adult) with disabilities or other needs, to take part? The Mae Murray Foundation and PlayBoard NI are surveying parents and carers on play opportunities for children with disabilities. We are particularly interested in your views on fixed play areas i.e. play [...]

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