We are a research team from Playboard NI, the Controlled Schools’ Support Council and Stranmillis University College, Belfast and we are keen to gain an insight into early years teachers’ views on the impact of the pandemic on play in practice.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather information about your experiences of working to meet the needs of your pupils during the pandemic, the challenges experienced, your pupils’ responses and any support you have received/would like to receive as you continue to provide a high quality play-based experience. All Nursery and Foundation Stage (Year 1 and Year 2 teachers) are eligible to complete this survey. 
In recognition of the additional Covid-19 restrictions introduced on 26th December 2020 the survey has been split into 2 sections:
  • For Section 1 we would ask that you focus on the period up to 24th December 2020
  • For Section 2 we would ask that you focus on the period from 26th December 2020 to present
We estimate that the survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete.  All data will be anonymised and will remain confidential to this project. No children, teachers, principals, or schools will be named in the final report or any other subsequent publications. 
Due to Half-Term Holidays the survey closing date has been extended until 12 noon on Friday 26th February 2021.  
Please note that all data will be held securely on a password protected network, accessible only to the research team. Full ethical approval has been granted by the Research and Scholarship Committee of Stranmillis University College, Belfast. Your answers will provide important insights into play in practice in the pandemic. 

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* 1. I understand the information provided above, and give my consent for my responses to be used as part of the research study.