PlayBoard NI has produced a new information sheet in cooperation with the Department of Education’s Play Matters to assist teachers, playworkers, parents and those offering care to children in these challenging times, to consider how they might provide quality play opportunities and experiences.
Children still want and need to play.
Play and playing continues to be an essential aspect of children’s lives.
According to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2013) opportunities for play have a significant role in helping children recover a sense of normality and joy after their experience of loss, dislocation and trauma.
Play and playing provides valuable coping and learning opportunities for children. As children work through their emotions and feelings at this difficult time, play will help them deal with uncertainty, help them relax and importantly allow them to have fun.
Go to www.playboard.org to download the information sheet and to find lots of play ideas and activities for children to try to keep playing at home.