23 06, 2022

Celebrating the TOPS schools in Northern Ireland

2022-07-19T15:22:53+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Schools, TOPS|

Ten schools across Northern Ireland are the latest recipients of a quality award in recognition of their outstanding outdoor play offer. Awarded by PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for the development of children and young people’s play, the Taking Outdoor Play Seriously (TOPS) Award is presented to schools for their [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

26 08, 2020

Taking Outdoor Play Seriously – New Materials For Schools

2020-09-01T10:41:58+01:00August 26th, 2020|Schools, TOPS|

PlayBoard has developed new materials for primary schools, highlighting the importance of playing, and playing and learning outdoors as a vital ingredient for a healthy and happy childhood. Time spent playing outdoors is of vital importance to children, boosting their physical and mental health, building their resilience, developing their self-confidence, [...]

21 04, 2020

Coronavirus – Play Matters More Than It Ever Did

2020-04-21T11:43:35+01:00April 21st, 2020|School Age Childcare, Schools, TOPS, Training|

This information sheet has been designed in cooperation with the Department of Education’s Play Matters project, to assist teachers, playworkers, parents and those offering care to children in these challenging times, to consider how they might provide quality play opportunities and experiences. Regardless of the back drop it is [...]

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