For over 20 years PlayBoard has been developing and delivering focused training for the play sector across Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. As an organisation committed to excellence, PlayBoard ensure that all training staff are highly qualified, occupationally competent and capable of meeting the training needs of the Play/Playwork sector.

PlayBoard’s training typically offers participants an opportunity to take part in group work, focused discussions and a range of practical activities designed to support practitioners to reflect on their own playwork practice. Through training participants are able to learn new skills and have an opportunity to explore and reflect on their current practice against the Playwork Principles.

For further details of the training programmes currently on offer please contact PlayBoard on 028 9080 3380.

In addition to a wide range of established training courses, PlayBoard are able to offer flexible bespoke training and consultancy services across the UK and Ireland tailored to meet the needs of individual groups and organisations. Courses can be individually tailored to meet the needs of participants and can be delivered locally at suitable venues and at flexible times including evenings and weekends.

PlayBoard typically deliver training across a range of settings and to variety of professional groups including:

  • Staff within school aged childcare settings
  • Child-minders
  • Day care and nursery workers
  • Youth workers
  • Social workers
  • Classroom assistants
  • Teachers
  • Non-teaching staff within schools
  • Sure Start workers


All PlayBoard training is delivered within a quality framework, as extablished by the SkillsActive Code of Practice. SkillsActive is the sector skills council for playwork; their quality contril framework identifies minimum standards and guiding principles for the delivery of training.

PlayBoard’s robust CPD (Continuous Professional Development) policy ensures that all staff involved in the development and delivery of training is competent and current in their Play/Playwork knowledge. CPD addresses the following areas:

  • Appropriate of qualifications
  • Relevance of experience
  • Competency
  • Quality Monitoring
  • Review and Evaluation

For more information on training available please emailĀ Alan HerronĀ (Director of Service Delivery and Development)