The Northern Ireland Children’s Spare Time Project – Survey

PlayBoard NI, as part of the UK Play Policy Forum is working with Professor Helen Dodd from Reading University on a research project – The Northern Ireland Children’s Spare Time Project.

We are asking parents in Northern Ireland with a child aged between 5 and 11 to complete a survey on how their child/children spend their time, their own beliefs and attitudes to children’s activities, their child’s wellbeing and their own wellbeing.

The survey will take around 20 minutes to complete with all parents who complete the survey contacted in approximately 12 months time to complete the survey again. Participants are encouraged to take part if they are willing to do so again in one year.

The first 400 people who complete the survey will be sent a £10 voucher and if they complete the follow-up questionnaire next year they will receive an additional £10 voucher at that stage.

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Sure Start Update Newsletter


Sure Starts across NI are now offering a vast array of online/virtual services, some included in the attached newsletter, please click here to download.

If you are working with families/groups/ kids of your own it would be really worthwhile checking out the 38 Sure Start projects Facebook pages.

They are live streaming a vast range of play, parenting programmes, family support groups, breastfeeding support etc online that anyone can access.