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 [...]

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 [...]

18 01, 2022

Ardnashee School and College – Pledge to Play

2022-01-19T13:42:17+00:00January 18th, 2022|Schools, TOPS|

Ardnashee School and College (ASC) in Derry/Londonderry is a participant in PlayBoard’s Taking Outdoor Play Seriously (TOPS) programme, funded by the Department of Education. The staff and students of Ardnashee School and College are committed to developing outdoor play opportunities as part of the TOPS project, with PlayBoard and the [...]

17 01, 2022

Webinar: A teaspoon of play helps the stress levels go down

2022-02-17T11:13:47+00:00January 17th, 2022|Communities, Councils, OUR Generation, School Age Childcare, Schools, Training, Webinars, Young People|

Supporting children’s mental health and well-being through play. Date: Tuesday 8 February 2022Time: 10:00 - 11:30amPlatform: ZoomBook: https://pbateaspoonofplayhelpsthestresslevelsgodown8222.eventbrite.com Join our webinar for parents, and professionals who work with children, during Children's Mental Health Week. A fun and interactive session that supports you to promote children and young people’s positive mental [...]

25 11, 2021

Kilcooley Primary School is TOPS!

2021-12-02T15:27:32+00:00November 25th, 2021|Schools, TOPS|

Kilcooley Primary School in Bangor is the latest school to receive PlayBoard's Taking Outdoor Play Seriously (TOPS) Award. The school received the prestigious award for their commitment to children’s learning and development through their dedication to improving their outdoor play provision. Despite the challenges and delays that Covid-19 brought, the [...]

10 11, 2021

Education Minister launches play programme

2021-12-02T14:30:29+00:00November 10th, 2021|Positive Playgrounds, Schools, TOPS|

Twenty schools from across Northern Ireland have been selected to participate in a new play programme funded by the Department of Education.  The play programme which focuses on Covid-19 recovery, will support the schools to enhance their outdoor play offer and improve children’s school-based play experiences during this academic year. Ten schools will [...]

20 10, 2021

Ballymena Primary School coming out TOPS

2021-12-02T15:23:02+00:00October 20th, 2021|Schools, TOPS|

Congratulations to Ballymena Primary School on achieving their TOPS Award! This week, staff from PlayBoard were delighted to visit Ballymena Primary School to present pupils and staff with their Taking Outdoor Play Seriously Award. The TOPS Quality Assurance Programme and Award for Outdoor Play is aimed at supporting schools to [...]

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