4 Nations Play Symposium 2016

Earlier this year Northern Ireland hosted the biennial 4 Nations Play Symposium at Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

A significant event in the play calendar, the event provided a key opportunity for leaders and policy makers across the Children’s and Play sectors of the UK to come together to share best practice and learn from each other’s experiences of policy making and strategic implementation.

The event was supported by the Junior Ministers from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and was chaired by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma.

The symposia’s aim is to stimulate discussion, debate and dialogue in relation to the development and implementation of Play Policy and Strategy for the benefit of children in each of the Four Nations of the UK.

A fantastic and inspirational time was enjoyed by all who participated.

A report has been produced for information. 2016 Play Symposium Report


Evaluation of the Govanhill Play Project

Background to the evaluation

In June 2015, the Jeely Piece Club was successful in bidding for funding from Inspiring Scotland’s Go2Play Play Ranger Programme to deliver a play programme in Govanhill, in partnership with the Daisy Chain project.

The project aimed to fill a recognised gap in play services in Govanhill, but also recognised the potential for free play to act as a vehicle for social integration by bringing together children from diverse ethnic and cultural groups through play.

The Jeely Piece Club commissioned Arrivo Consulting to carry out an evaluation of the project.

Free Play is defined any play activity which is ‘freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated‘ (Scottish Government, 2013).

You can read the report below:
Evaluation of Free Play in Govanhill Final



Explore Child’s Rights

Child Rights Launchpad – Unicef UK’s new child rights experience – takes children and young people in Scotland on an exciting journey to explore their rights. 

Through the Launchpad, children and young people aged three to 18 can:

  • learn about their rights and rights around the world;
  • enjoy their own rights by taking part in sports and other activities;
  • take action to help other children around the world to enjoy their rights too.

Full details here