BPCN launches ‘Play in Parks’ for 2016

Birmingham PlayCare Network’s ‘Play in Parks’ scheme aiming to get young children outside and encouraging creative play in the outdoors is due to get underway on Monday 25th July.

The Scheme runs throughout July and August, and covers locations such as Acocks Green, Ward End, Longbridge and Nechells, concluding on Friday 2nd September. Emma Payne, Business Development Manager at BPCN said:

“We can’t wait to get Play in Parks underway for 2016. It’s always great fun for the children and we really enjoy Play in Parks. With a history of over fifteen years, it has been proven that Play in Parks helps to engage children in creative outdoor play, and importantly ensures that everyone has a good time.”

For a full list of workshops for ‘Play in Parks 2016’, and locations, visit: http://www.bpcn.org.uk/play-park/.

24 Jul 2016

JQ Festival 2016 deemed a “resounding success”

The designated weekend of 22nd-24th July celebrating the creativity, history and culture of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter has been hailed a “resounding success”.

The JQ Festival 2016 began at 4pm on Friday 22nd July and covered areas such as the Golden Square, St. Paul’s Square and Open Studios.

Treats throughout the weekend included live music, performing arts shows, a Helter Skelter and street food, amongst many other attractions. Emma Payne, Business Development Manager of Jewellery Quarter-based charity Birmingham PlayCare Network, said:

“This really is a great celebration of the vibrant and strong community that makes up the legendary Jewellery Quarter. It is a pleasure to be situated right in the heart of the area in our office at The Big Peg, and it was a privilege to be involved in such an uplifting cultural local event.”

To find out more about JQ Festival, visit the official website.

24 Jul 2016

Paediatric First Aid to be implemented as a mandatory requirement for staff in early years settings

The Department for Education has recently outlined the government’s response to the Pediatric First Aid (PFA) Consultation, detailing that newly qualified early years staff will need to hold a current PFA or emergency PFA certificate to be included in an early years setting.

The requirement will be implemented from September 1st 2016 and affects newly qualified early years staff with full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualifications.

Childcare providers will be given a three-month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer.

Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/paediatric-first-aid-eyfs-statutory-framework-amendments for further details of the consultation.

12 Jul 2016

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