PlayBoard NI, the lead organisation for the development of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland, welcomes the support package available to School Aged Childcare providers through the Department of Education’s Childcare Recovery Support Fund.

The Childcare Recovery Support Fund aims to support the reopening of childcare provision, or support those who have reopened, in July and August to support economic recovery and the return to work, by ensuring the availability of childcare.

Jacqueline O’Loughlin, Chief Executive, PlayBoard NI said, “PlayBoard has worked with the Department of Education and other stakeholders towards securing a support package for the School Aged Childcare sector. We welcome the announcement of this much needed support, and the opening of the Childcare Recovery Fund for applications to assist in the recovery of the childcare sector.

“We encourage all registered School Aged Childcare providers to apply for the fund when it opens on 27 July. PlayBoard will continue to advocate for, and offer support to the School Age Childcare sector as they reopen their settings, as well as those who have already reopened, to provide this crucial service as more people return to work.”

The Childcare Recovery Fund opens for applications online from Monday 27 July and will be administered by Early Years, on behalf of the Department of Education. An individual link to the applicable funding streams will be sent to all eligible providers on Monday.

For information on the Childcare Recovery Support Fund go to

The website includes details of contact information for enquiries and upcoming online workshops to support eligible providers in applying. Stand-alone SAC sessions take place on:

  • Tuesday 28 July 2020 from 13:00 to 13:40
  • Wednesday 29 July 2020 from 13:00 to 13:40
  • Wednesday 29 July 2020 from 19:00 to 19:40
  • Monday 3 August 2020 from 17:00 to 17:40


Childcare Recovery Fund FAQs available at