Fair Play Small Grant Scheme

For parents of children with a disability, finding appropriate childcare can be challenging. In order to address this issue, the Health and Social Care Board are now calling for applications to the Fair Play Regional Small Grants Scheme which will provide funding to facilitate the inclusion of children with a disability in early years or childcare services.


Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Department of Health.


Applicants can reflect the need to provide this additional service from 1st September 2020 up to the end of the academic year i.e. 30th June 2021.


Please click the links below for the associated guidance notes and application form. Please ensure you have read the guidance notes in full before completing and submitting the application form.


Due to the current COVID 19 situation the closing date for the Fair Play Small Grants Scheme has been extended to 5pm on the 29 June 2020. (Please return the application form by post or email). Late applications will not be considered.


Please feel free to contact Kirstein Arbuckle or Jenny Adair by email if you require any assistance. Email kirstein.arbuckle@hscni.net or jenny.adair@hscni.net



Childcare Partnership Training Programme Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years – Expression of Interest From

The Childcare Partnership Training Team are now seeking to recruit a number of Speech and Language Therapists to work with us in a private capacity to develop and deliver training sessions. Please click here for further information.

If you wish to participate in this initiative please complete and return the attached form to siobhan.hughes@hscni.net, no later than 4.00pm on Wednesday the 15th of July 2020.


Children & Young People Survey – Impact Of Covid-19


Calling all children and young people aged 5-18 across Northern Ireland – your voice matters!


At PlayBoard we know how important play is to children. We also know that Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. We want to make things better for you, especially as we begin to do the things we used to do, but maybe in slightly different ways.


We want to know what you think, because you matter and your play experiences matter too!


Once you tell us we will make sure that the people in charge (the government) know what you think about these important things. Don’t worry – we won’t tell them who you are, just what you think so you can tell us whatever you feel without being worried.


You can take part in the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PBYourVoice where you can also upload a story, poem, drawing, photo etc. if you would like to share your thoughts or the things you have been getting up to during lockdown that way.


As a thank you for taking part we will be holding a prize draw with the winner getting a special playful prize.