National Childhood Network (NCN), in partnership with other organisations including PlayBoard, is hosting Childhood Services Week from 13 to 17 May. Childhood Services Week is an opportunity to celebrate the work of the Early Childhood and School-Age Childcare sector across the island of Ireland. This year’s theme is Encouraging Creativity: Igniting Joy.

In the run-up to the Week, NCN and partners are delivering a series of continuing professional development webinars for educators from birth to three, preschool and school-age childcare. Webinars begin on Monday 29 April, with PlayBoard delivering Emotions Matter on 9 May. To book a webinar go to

During Childhood Services Week itself, a number of children’s online workshops are on offer providing opportunities for children to access the arts and be involved in many ways. Stay tuned to