19 01, 2022

Group Setting Sustainability Survey – January 2022

2022-01-19T14:07:45+00:00January 19th, 2022|Research, School Age Childcare|

Covid-19 has impacted heavily on group settings since March 2020. Early Years - the organisation for young children and PlayBoard are conducting a further survey to understand the current impact that Covid-19 (and in particular the Omicron strain) is having within the sector and the sustainability concerns many group settings [...]

17 12, 2021

The Play Pod – PlayBoard’s new podcast

2022-01-11T13:02:21+00:00December 17th, 2021|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 http://playboardni.podbean.com or find us on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Episode 3 - PlayBoard's Shauneen McCusker talks with two local teachers who recently led their primary schools in achieving the Taking Outdoor Play [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

9 08, 2021

State of the Sector (School Age Childcare) Survey 2021

2021-12-03T10:00:28+00:00August 9th, 2021|Research, School Age Childcare|

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on School Age Childcare (SAC). It has brought financial pressures, changes to practice, and additional stress to the workforce. To ensure we have a better understanding of both the opportunities and challenges for School Age Childcare provision, PlayBoard is undertaking a State of the [...]

5 08, 2021

Youth settings survey

2021-12-03T10:04:33+00:00August 5th, 2021|Play Your Part, Research|

Play Your Part is a one-year pilot project led by PlayBoard and funded by the Education Authority. The project aims to support youth groups to embed a culture of effective participation and practice with children aged four to eight years. The project goal is to develop a training framework alongside [...]

10 06, 2021

Covid-19 restrictions impacting children’s play

2021-12-03T10:31:32+00:00June 10th, 2021|Research, Schools|

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 [...]

18 05, 2021

Top play props and resources

2021-12-03T10:52:09+00:00May 18th, 2021|Communities, Councils, Research, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Calling all playworkers, teachers, teaching assistants, childminders, parents/carers or anyone who works with children. We need your help – can you answer the questions below? What are your top play props?What other resources for play do you use to help create a play space to help facilitate children’s play? If [...]

12 05, 2021

Play in Practice during the Pandemic – Webinar

2021-12-03T10:53:29+00:00May 12th, 2021|Research, Schools, Webinars|

*FULLY BOOKED* This webinar is now fully booked. You can join the waiting list at https://pbplayinpractice090621.eventbrite.com in case places become available and to help us gauge future demand. Date: Wednesday 9 June 2021 Time: 2:30-4:00pm Platform: Zoom Book: https://pbplayinpractice090621.eventbrite.com Play is essential for supporting children’s physical and mental well-being. As schools [...]

4 05, 2021

Survey – School Age Childcare Future Sectoral Needs

2021-12-03T11:20:25+00:00May 4th, 2021|Research, School Age Childcare|

As society emerges from a lengthy lockdown, where a number of School Age Childcare (SAC) providers had to close temporarily in order to survive, we are keen to understand the future needs of SAC-provision. The information we gather from this survey will be relayed directly to Departmental Officials in an [...]

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