Springers Afterschool is based in Forthspring on the Springfield Road, Belfast.
Springers recently availed of support rolled out by PlayBoard NI to help play providers involved in the Bright Start scheme achieve and maintain settings that provide a fun environment allowing children to attempt new activities, undertake new challenges, and facilitate the child’s natural instinct to play.
Springers participated in four onsite visits facilitated by Bríd Duffy. The first, to undertake an assessment to determine areas of need solely in regard to the play offer within their setting. This concentrated on the actual environment indoors and outdoors, the playwork ethos, the provision of play types, and the play equipment on offer using a template designed by PlayBoard to determine a baseline starting point.
The support involved discussion and observation, with the project given some play related targets to work towards ahead of each meeting. PlayBoard also supported the project throughout the process in implementing the action plan and obtaining physical resources which were generously donated by other Bright Start projects locally.
We would like to commend Charlene and the team, staff, volunteers and children, for their investment, passion, positivity, hard work and determination to make this change happen and improving their play offer. We thank them for taking part in our Play Audit and we wish them every success for the future.