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

Families still spending more on childcare than food and heat


Employers For Childcare have launched the findings of the 9th Annual Childcare Cost Survey which reveal that the average cost of a full-time childcare place in Northern Ireland is £166 per week.

This is a slight decrease on last year, reflecting that some childcare providers have sought not to increase their fees. However, it is clear that affordability remains a critical issue – for two thirds of families, the childcare bill is their biggest or second biggest monthly outgoing. Parents and childcare providers are calling for Government investment to support the sustainability of quality childcare and ensure that this is affordable for families.

Further details are available in the press release (download here).

Should you have any queries about this research in relation to the issues identified in the report, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Alexandra Chapman, Research, Policy and Information Officer, via or 028 9267 8200.



Disabled Children and Young Persons Participation Project – Newsletter 2018

The latest copy of the DCYPPP Newsletter is now available.

Click here to download a copy.

The project facilitates the involvement of children and young people with a wide range of learning, physical, sensory and medical conditions to be involved in high level strategic planning enabling them to have their say in service developments that impact on their lives.   

For more details on DCYPPP please contact Eugene Mone at or call 02837414541