Play Matters – Playing with stuff around the home

As Christmas approaches and the financial pressures build for many parents Play Matters have published their latest play briefing sheet entitled ‘Playing with stuff – around the home’.

Within the briefing it encourages parents to think about the many natural play resources that can be found around the home.

We have probably all seen some children on Christmas morning being more intrigued with the cardboard packaging that a toy or gift has come in than the actual toy itself!

View the Play Matters Briefing here.

Within an article released this week, the American Academy of Paediatrics cite that the best toys are old fashioned, hands-on playthings including cardboard boxes!   View the article 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.



T:BUC Funding Forums

Find out more about Executive Office Good Relations Funding by attending one of the T:BUC Funding Forums which are being held in each council area between 13 November and 6 December 2018.

Full details of dates and locations can be found in the flyer below:

Details of how to register can be found at

Programmes represented include the Central Good Relations Fund, T:BUC Camps Programme, Peace IV, Planned Interventions Fund, District Council Good Relations Programme and the Community Relations Council.

Executive Office staff will be available to meet with you anytime between 1pm and 6pm at each event.
Good Relations Officers from the local council area and staff from the Community Relations Council and Education Authority will also be present to answer any questions about their good relations schemes.

Places are limited so early registration is recommended.

Family Focus Interim Evaluation 2018

Family Focus is a new initiative developed to offer intensive and tailored support and activities to increase children’s development, encourage strong family bonds, reduce isolation and help children reach their full potential. It proposed to do so through the provision of play-based habilitation, specialist mobility and independent living skills training and therapies for children with a visual impairment and parent to parent peer support.

Delivered by three leading visual impairment charities and support providers (Guide Dogs NI, as project lead, in association with Angel Eyes NI and Sense NI) Family Focus also provides parental and family support through peer sharing, signposting and targeted Time to Play and Coffee & Chat family events across NI.

The full report can be read by clicking the image below.


Play Matters – Outdoor Fun in the Sun!

Summer is here and the sun is shining – what a great time for getting children of all ages
outdoors. Remember, good quality play needn’t cost very much, if anything at all.

Playing outdoors with your child can be anything from tickling your baby’s tummy on a rug, playing peek-a-boo, to playing hide and seek in the garden or park. Being outside with your child offers all sorts of play opportunities. A simple walk in the park or street, or playing in the garden can offer all kinds of playful fun.

Recreate some of your childhood play memories and make some time to play each day.

For some fun ideas click here.