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 http://playboardni.podbean.com 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 [...]

23 03, 2022

Playday 2022 – All to play for!

2022-06-08T17:51:36+01:00March 23rd, 2022|Communities, Councils, Events, School Age Childcare, Young People|

Playday is the national day for play, celebrated each year across the UK on the first Wednesday in August. Playday 2022 will be celebrated on Wednesday 3 August. We are delighted to announce that the theme for this year’s Playday is … All to play for - building play opportunities [...]

15 03, 2022

Charities and industry call for action to improve play opportunities for disabled children

2022-03-14T16:34:58+00:00March 15th, 2022|Communities, Councils, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

Leading UK Charities and industry bodies call on UK councils to create accessible and inclusive child play spaces. The joint statement, launched today, addresses the need to uphold every child's right and need to play. Including Disabled Children in Play Provision, a joint statement from the Children’s Play Policy Forum [...]

14 03, 2022

Play in Crisis: Support for Parents and Carers 

2022-03-14T15:36:27+00:00March 14th, 2022|Communities, Councils, School Age Childcare, Schools, Young People|

The International Play Association (IPA) has translated their Play in Crisis series (2020), originally developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, into Ukrainian. The information sheet is based on their play research in situations of crisis and disaster. The advice is suitable for playing at home, in temporary accommodation, shelters, [...]

2 03, 2022

PlayBoard calls on political parties to champion play

2022-03-14T15:38:10+00:00March 2nd, 2022|Advocacy, Communities, Councils, School Age Childcare, Schools|

PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play has called for politicians to champion play, in the run-up to the May election. Play is central to children and young people’s lives, supporting the development of knowledge, skills and abilities that enhance their [...]

25 02, 2022

McIlveen announces further measures to support childcare providers

2022-03-14T15:39:19+00:00February 25th, 2022|School Age Childcare|

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen today announced an extension to the Covid-19 Childcare Sustainability Fund for the period 1 January to 31 March 2022. The Fund will assist the short-term viability of childcare providers and help ensure that they remain sustainable in the face of recent pressures resulting from the Omicron [...]

26 01, 2022

Education Minister announces further measures to support childcare providers

2022-01-26T13:08:31+00:00January 26th, 2022|School Age Childcare|

Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen today announced an extension to the Covid-19 Childcare Temporary Closure Fund for the period 1 January to 31 March 2022. The fund will provide continued support for childcare providers who have been forced to close temporarily due to a Covid-19 related incident within their provision. The [...]

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 [...]

19 01, 2022

PlayBoard training continues to deliver

2022-01-19T10:16:41+00:00January 19th, 2022|School Age Childcare, Training, Webinars|

A significant component of the projects delivered by PlayBoard involves an element of training. As many of you will know, PlayBoard staff also deliver training across the playwork, youth work and School Age Childcare (SAC) sector and beyond, building an understanding of the play message and helping to make play [...]

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