Parenting Week takes places each year as a celebration of the crucial role parents play in their children’s lives. This year the campaign runs from 21 to 25 October.

PlayBoard have produced a publication to help parents understand the importance of play for their children and just how crucial it is for their healthy development. The Play for Parents Guide also discusses play throughout the different stages of childhood and different types of play, as well as lots of ideas for playing outdoors and playing whatever the season with lots of fun ideas to try.

The advantages of play are numerous including helping keep children physically and mentally healthy, boosting their self-confidence, creativity, resilience and problem-solving skills. Play lets children interact with each other, developing social skills and building relationships.

It is essential that children enjoy a healthy ‘diet’ of play opportunities and playing is as critical to a child’s development as eating and sleeping.

Download our Play for Parents Guide to help you enjoy play adventures with your children.

PlayBoard - Play For Parents Guide - 2019

Play Matters – Play For Parents Guide

Parenting NI are holding a number of events to celebrate the week and also the 40th anniversary of their organisation. Go to to find an event near you and access resources to help you celebrate the week.