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

Play Matters – EITP Project

The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team within the Department of Education is taking forward a Play and Leisure project entitled Play Matters which is funded through the Delivering Social Change – Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP).

As part of the project’s play campaign they plan to promote key play messages through social media platforms and are asking you to support the project by taking the time to read and share their play messages through your own networks, forums and social media outlets. You can follow Play Matters on twitter at @Education_NI  #playmatters

If you would like more information or would like to hear more detail on the full Play and Leisure project (including Play Shaper and Play for Parents programmes) please contact Angela Stallard at angela.stallard@education-ni.gov.uk or Pamela Baxter at pamela.baxter@education-ni.gov.uk or call 028 91279203.

For more information please click on the link below:

Play Matters Campaign Release

Play Matters Leaflet

 

EITP – Getting Ready for Toddler launch new video

There are two key changes being introduced universally relating to the delivery of
services for children aged 3+ in their preschool year:-

3+ Health Review: This is a new Health Review being introduced into the pre-school
setting where Health Visitors will work in partnership with children, parents and
education colleagues to promote children’s social, emotional and behavioural
development, providing them with information and signposting to other services,
where appropriate. It includes the use of an Ages and Stages Questionnaire in
relation to social and emotional development of children (ASQ:SE-2).

Click here to view video about 3+ Health Review in Pre-School

Named Health Visitor alignment to Department of Education (DE) funded preschool
education settings: Health Visitors are aligned to DE funded preschool settings where they work in partnership with education colleagues to support and promote healthy child development and learning. The health visitor provides an initial face to face contact with the pre-school principal/leader during the first term of the academic year and provides a minimum of two further contacts with the preschool principal/leader one per term. Contacts may be via phone / email or face to face.  The Health Visitor will also inform the pre-school principal or leader of any pending health campaigns.

 

Southern Early Intervention Support Service (EISS) Stakeholder Event

This event is open to all who have an interest in the future of supporting families within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area.  It will be held on Thursday 11th October from 12pm to 2pm (lunch included) at NIACRO, 6 Carleton Street, Portadown, BT62 3EP.  For more information or to register contact kala@niacro.co.uk  Download flyer here.