15 11, 2019

King’s Park Primary School Takes Outdoor Play Seriously

2019-12-10T20:40:36+01:00November 15th, 2019|Schools, TOPS|

King’s Park Primary School in Newtownabbey has achieved a quality award that recognises their outstanding outdoor play offer. The prestigious TOPS (Taking Outdoor Play Seriously) award conferred by PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for play in Northern Ireland, is in recognition of the school’s commitment to making their pupils’ [...]

22 05, 2019

Nurturing Children’s Mental Health Through Play

2019-10-11T18:17:13+01:00May 22nd, 2019|Play Services, School Age Childcare, Schools, Training|

With mental health in focus recently following Mental Health Awareness Week the Play Matters project has produced a new information flyer looking at nurturing children’s mental health through play. Download Flyer Play is crucial to children’s healthy development and happiness and is vital for children’s mental [...]

11 04, 2019

Physical Activity Guidelines For Children And Young People

2019-10-11T18:49:59+01:00April 11th, 2019|Research, School Age Childcare, Schools|

The four UK Chief Medical Officers have published guidelines for physical activity for children and young people. Under 5s (not walking) Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments. All under 5s should minimise the [...]

1 04, 2019

Workshops For Those Working In School Age Childcare Settings

2019-10-11T18:46:43+01:00April 1st, 2019|Events, School Age Childcare, Schools, Training|

PlayBoard NI is offering free workshops for those working in school age childcare settings. * Fundraising Tips & Ideas * Focus on Play If you want useful tips on completing fundraising applications or would like to encourage the children attending your club to try different ways to play, and [...]

27 02, 2019

Keeping Children Safe Online

2019-10-11T18:44:15+01:00February 27th, 2019|School Age Childcare, Schools|

With online safety in focus given the recent concern over the momo challenge, the NSPCC website has information on keeping children safe when online at Online safety tips include talking with your child about staying safe online, exploring online together, agreeing rules and managing settings and controls. Check your child knows [...]

4 12, 2018

TOPS Award 2018 – Limavady Central Primary School

2019-03-11T14:52:18+01:00December 4th, 2018|E-Play, Positive Playgrounds, Schools, TOPS|

The importance of school environments for play cannot be understated. For many children and young people the school playground may be the only open, accessible space available to them on a regular basis that allows them to engage in physically challenging and socially developmental outdoor play. TOPS (taking outdoor [...]

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