Play Matters – Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty

 

 

Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have been declining over time and children today are therefore having much less contact with the natural world.

 

Please click the link to download our first play briefing sheet for 2019 ‘Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty’ aims to help parents consider the importance of letting children have contact with the natural world including their exposure to bacteria and germs and indeed, playing with mud, making a mess and getting dirty!

 

The 2018 Big Parenting Survey – Parenting NI

 

Since 1979, Parenting NI has been supporting parents across Northern Ireland. We have helped thousands of parents, grandparents, kinship carers and others in parenting roles with issues ranging from bedtimes to anti-social behaviour.  In this time, we have come to be the trusted voice of parents in Northern Ireland. We have helped to promote the importance and centrality of parents in policy relating to children, and we have worked hard to ensure that their voices were heard at the most crucial points over the last four decades. We have always been guided by parents, and acted for parents in our activities and are always seeking new and innovative to enhance our understanding of parent’s needs and concerns.

Hence, we are conducting our largest ever parent’s survey:

“The 2018 Big Parenting Survey”

This online survey will run from the 3rd of September until the 3rd of October 2018. We are calling upon as many individuals in parenting roles to give us their thoughts and views about being a parent in Northern Ireland today.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new parent, or if your children are grown.

It doesn’t matter if you are a kinship carer or a grandparent.

It doesn’t matter if you live in Belfast or Fermanagh.

It doesn’t matter if you have never accessed Parenting NI’s services.

If you are in a parenting role, we would ask that you please take a few minutes to fill in the survey, the link to which is here:

Parenting NI Survey