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PlayBoard NI is delighted to be working in partnership with the Department of Education on their exciting Play Matters programme and messaging campaign.

PlayBoard shall be taking forward two key aspects of the Play Matters programme on behalf of the Department of Education. The Play Shaper NI© initiative is focused on working with community planning partnerships in order to explore how play opportunities can be enhanced for children at a local level. The second initiative is focused on supporting parents to better understand the benefits of play. If you would like to learn more about Play Shaper NI© please contact

Play Training For Professionals

PlayBoard NI’s Play Training for Professionals programme is targeted at those who work directly with parents and families. This one-day free training session will equip professionals with the skills to better understand play and pro-actively promote play to parents and families. For more information click here.

Play Awareness For Parents

PlayBoard NI’s Play Awareness sessions for Parents are designed specifically for parents and carers. This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development of their children. They will also gain practical ideas which they can incorporate into their homes or local community to enhance opportunities for play. For more information click here

About PlayBoard NI

PlayBoard is the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland. Play is fundamental to a healthy, happy childhood and PlayBoard is committed to developing quality play opportunities that improve children and young people’s lives.

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