Nurture your child’s mental health through play

Play is crucial to children’s healthy development and happiness and is vital for
children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Secure emotional attachments between adults and children have been shown to be fundamental in supporting children’s ability to cope with stress, anxiety and difficult situations. Play also offers children huge opportunities to ‘try out’ or ‘test’ new or challenging situations – leading to increased confidence, self-esteem, resilience and well-being. Research into the role of play suggests that children’s natural playfulness allows for some crucially important functions to develop for healthy physical and mental well-being.

View the latest Play Matters factsheet here

Play Matters – Hanging Out

The latest Play Matters briefing is now available.

This briefing explores what play means to older children (pre-teen/teenagers) and highlights to parents that older children still need time and space to chill out, relax or ‘hang out with friends during their day. Spending time with young people is a great way for parents to stay connected with their child and included is a few tips and ideas for parents to consider.

View the briefing here.

 

 

Play for Parents

PlayBoard NI are holding Play Awareness sessions 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.

The session aims to help parents:
Better understand the importance of play for children and young people’s holistic health and well being.

Explore how play facilitates attachment and builds relationships between children and parents.

Have a greater understanding of the range of play types, their importance in terms of supporting growth and development; and how children and a variety of play types can be supported within home/community settings.

Explore the role of the adult parent/carer in the play process and how parents can best facilitate play in a way that meets their child’s needs.

Understand the importance of risk and challenge for the development of resilience, independence and life skills.

Gain practical play ideas that can be applied within the home and/or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

For more information view the flyer here.

These sessions are expected to fill quickly and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

To discuss your booking requirements or to book a space please contact Karen Witherspoon at 90 803380 or at karen.witherspoon@playboard.co.uk.

 

 

Fun with the Winter Elements

Winter is here and it’s getting colder and darker – but it’s still a great time for getting
children of all ages outdoors. We just need to EMBRACE the weather!

Have a playful and positive attitude towards the winter season; show your children that
winter can be fun. Try to model ways to be playful.

Stamp your feet on ice patches or in puddles, have a snowball fight, play in the rain, make snow angels or snowmen! Take a breath of that cold winter air and remember that whatever you do outdoors you are supporting your children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

View the flyer below for more play ideas.

Play & Challenge – Play Matters Briefing July 2018

The latest Play Matters briefing explores Play and Challenge. Children need the freedom to play how they choose and sometimes this includes taking risks and engaging in risky, challenging play. This briefing paper explores how we, as adults, can support children to test themselves and stretch their limits through play.

Please click on link below to download the latest Play Matters Briefing:

Play & Challenge – Play Matters Briefing July 2018