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Moneynick Primary School, Randalstown

What is TOPS?

For over 12 years PlayBoardNI has been working to improve children’s school based play experiences through a range of training and play support programmes. This includes PlayBoard’s Positive PlayGrounds programme which has been delivered in over two hundred and fifty primary schools giving children, teaching and non-teaching staff the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues relating to play including play theory, play types, playground policy, the playground environment and co-operative games.

Building on the experience gained through Positive Playgrounds, in 2015 PlayBoard developed the ‘TOPS’ Quality Assurance Programme and Award for Outdoor Play aimed at supporting schools to bring about a comprehensive transformation of the school environment in order to encourage and support outdoor play.

Through both the ‘Positive Playgrounds’ and ‘Quality Assurance’ programmes schools are able to work towards a fuller utilisation of the outdoor environment in order to enhance opportunities for play-based curricular learning; broaden active and social play; and better meet children’s natural play needs.

Twenty schools from across Northern Ireland have been selected to participate in a new play programme funded by the Department of Education. 

The play programme which initially focused on the Covid-19 recovery, supported the schools to enhance their outdoor play offer and improve children’s school-based play experiences. 

We are delighted to be one of the ten schools awarded the Taking Outdoor Play Seriously Award 2022. We have worked extremely hard on achieving our vision and the transformation of our outdoor play.



6th Jun 2024
A wonderful day to think outdoors.
22nd Feb 2024
A morning exploring the outdoors looking for mini-beasts and exploring the world...
4th Dec 2023
Many thanks to The Friends of Moneynick PTA for their generous donation which purchased...
25th Nov 2023
Engaging in small world play is so important for children. Not only does it nurture...
17th Oct 2023
Primary 1 pupils wish to thank everyone who supported the ‘Guess the Score’...

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