Today, Wednesday 3 August, is national Playday. This day for play is celebrated across the UK with children, families and communities coming together to enjoy a day of fun. This year, the campaign theme – All to play for – highlights the importance of building play opportunities for all children.
Tesco announced today it is offering free children’s meals with any purchase at its supermarket cafes during the school summer holidays to help families struggling with the cost of living crisis. The free meal, worth up to £3.25, is only available to Clubcard holders, and applies with any item they
You’ll know the physical and mental benefits of horticulture if you’re cultivating your own garden. But did you know many of these also cross over to children – and there are even some added advantages for kids? Here, we’ll cover why gardening is the best activity for your primary school-age
Northern Ireland’s Education Minister confirmed this week that a review of the Uniform Grant and free schools is underway to ensure they “are available to support the most vulnerable children in our society”. Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The review is considering a number of options for uniform grants, including the
With the heat rising across the country, let the cooling wetlands of WWT Castle Espie help bring your temperature down. While the kids play, make the most of shady walkways through peaceful reeds, sparkling ponds and tranquil lakes. And when your legs need a rest, how about chilling out with
Out of 1,100 schools tested, nearly nine in ten were identified as having asbestos present in their buildings. Out of NI’s 1,123 schools, the BBC reports that 995 (88.6%) contain asbestos. The Department of Education released the figures in response to an Assembly question by SDLP MLA Colin McGrath who
The warmer, longer days of summer are great for getting active and making lasting memories, but can also mean children encounter more risks. Learning to take supervised risks and reach new physical milestones is an important part of their development. To help them do this as safely as possible, here
Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced a further £2.25million investment in the Healthy Happy Minds programme. The counselling and therapeutic support programme for primary school pupils will now be able to continue in the next academic year, with funding guaranteed until the end of 2022 at this stage. Announcing the
High Court Judge Justice Colton has ruled that NI’s education legislation breaches human rights legislation because it requires the core curriculum to be based on the Holy Scriptures. The Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 requires all grant aided schools to give religious education (RE) and hold daily collective
Portaferry Gala, NI’s longest running community festival, celebrates 55 years. The festival returns with a 7 day programme 16th to 22nd July 2022. The Gala opens with a fun filled day at the Parklands (adjacent to Exploris) including ‘Burger Fest’, with music, circus workshops and lots of activities for kids.