Reports, Books and Other Resources

Islington Play Association produces a variety of reports, books, DVDs, CD-ROMs and other resources. For more information about individual reports, books or media, please visit the Reports, Books and Other Resources page for more information and details about how to order products.

Slow Down; Building in Progress

As part of the award-winning Tree House Project, the IPA has shared know-how with other play providers regionally and nationally through a ROSPA-approved 'how-to' manual "Slow Down Building in Progress" so that children across the country will be able to safely share this thrilling experience. 

Contact us to get your copy of this waterproof and resilient play manual, or click the below picture to be taken to an online version!

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Cally Kids Play World Games book - £9
Islington Play received funding from the Esmee Fairburn Foundation from Summer 2009 to Summer 2010 to work in partnership with local primary school age children, their families and residential homes for the elderly to collect and celebrate childhood games from minority cultures within Islington. This has resulted in our world games book. This book is more than just a collection of games from around the world - though we hope you'll agree that it offers lots of ideas for new ways to play. This little book is a record and celebration of the games that people have brought to Islington from countries far away, or that they learned right here, when the borough was very different. When you play a game you embark on a journey ending somewhere you did not begin. This book is evidence of many journeys. Journeys undertaken by families arriving into the UK, bringing with them games refined and improved over generations that act as reminders of a homeland. To join these journeys order the book for your collection.

Cally Kids Play Inclusive Games book - £9
This is more than just a book of inclusive games, although we are sure you will think the games are great. This book also clearly demonstrates that with a bit of creativity, determination and an open mind any game can be adapted to be inclusive for everyone to enjoy and take part in. There are 18 games to discover but that's just the start of what this book has to offer. Each of the'Cally Kids' gives ideas on how to adapt the games into exciting new, inclusive variations. So whether you are new to inclusive play or an old hand looking for new ideas, be you teacher, childminder, youth-worker, nursery worker, parent/carer or indeed, child - go to your play space, be bold, have a go, and make the world a more playful place for everyone.

The Playwork Option DVD - £15
This DVD introduces playwork as a profession, aiming to encourage people to train and qualify in playwork. Footage features children and playworkers from adventure playgrounds, after school club and holiday playscheme.
30 minute running time.

To order, and for information on any discounts available, contact us

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Playworkers' Guide to Dens and Forts
This guide stems from a research project on children's den-building culture at one Adventure Playground. Gathering together information from psychology, anthropology and other academic disciplines, this guide provides an accessible and lively exploration of how children's play building can create a full and rich site culture. With easy suggestions for how to spark children's building of dens and forts in any play setting and a number of images, this guide is an ideal resource for anyone interested in helping to facilitate children's free play construction.

Neophilic Modification: an experiment in novelty
This report by Bob Hughes presents the findings from a three year study investigating what, if any, is the relationship between play environment modification and children's locomotor play levels. In addition to assessing play's contribution to children's physical health and the obesity agenda, the experiment also provides valuable qualitative and quantitative data on the different manifestations of novelty and their various impacts.

The voluntary sector guide to children's centre management
The information in this guide has been drawn from the experience of voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations managing children's centres in the London borough of Islington. By sharing the experience and learning of these voluntary sector-led children's centres and highlighting the constructive ways the local authority and children's centre providers can work together on the development of high quality, sustainable children's centres, this guide aims to help other voluntary sector organisations that are currently managing, or considering managing, a children's centre.

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