For many children and young people, the school playground represents the only open, accessible space available to them on a regular basis that allows them to engage in physically challenging and socially developmental outdoor play.
PlayBoard’s ‘Positive Playgrounds’ programme is focused on assisting schools to re-examine their approach to the use of playgrounds and to value them as important spaces within the school estate. Through this 1 day training programme, schools are supported to develop strategies that encourage physical play and socially developmental play within the school grounds.
To date ‘Positive Playgrounds’ has been delivered within over two hundred and fifty primary schools across Northern Ireland giving children, teaching and non-teaching staff the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues relating to play including play theory, play types, playground policy, the playground environment and co-operative games.
Through the ‘Positive Playgrounds’ programme schools are able to fully utilise the outdoor environment available to them in support of broadening active and social play, meeting children’s play needs and enhancing play-based curricular learning.
Latest Positive Playgrounds News:
Following approaches from a number of local councils PlayBoard have today issued the following guidance regarding public access to and use of fixed play areas during the current Covid-19 outbreak. At the outset it is important to state that [...]
The importance of school environments for play cannot be understated. For many children and young people the school playground may be the only open, accessible space available to them on a regular basis that allows them to engage in [...]
Today (Wednesday 15th June) saw four local Primary Schools – Termoncanice PS (Limavady), Rathcoole PS (Belfast), St. Pauls PS (Belfast) and Holy Evangelist PS (Dunmurry) – receive the PlayBoard TOPS (Taking Outdoor Play Seriously) Quality Assurance Award for outdoor [...]
On Wednesday 8th June newly appointed Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA presented Ballymacash Primary School, Lisburn with the first ever PlayBoard ‘TOPS’ Quality Assurance Award for Outdoor Play in Schools. The award, developed and overseen by PlayBoard – the [...]
Minister for Education presents first ever PlayBoard ‘TOPS’ (Taking Outdoor Play Seriously) Quality Assurance Award for Outdoor Play in Schools to Ballymacash Primary School. Today (Wednesday 8th June) newly appointed Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA presented Ballymacash Primary School, [...]