What we do

Islington Play Association has been fighting for children’s rights for well over 40 years. The organisation has always stayed close to its community activist roots, working closely with parents, carers and community members who want to ensure that the best possible environment is created for children and young people specifically here in this highly over crowded, over built urban area.

Play is something everyone has done and everyone can do, it is the most inclusive activity that exists from the very youngest to the very oldest humans. IPA’s approach is to empower and support young people to develop resilience and independence through assessing risks, being adventurous, trying things out and to aspire to fulfil their potential now and in the future. IPA listens and adapts our services to the individual needs of the people we work with. In this way we can support the social and personal development of young people through informal education.

About Islington Play Association

Islington Play Association has been fighting for children’s rights for well over 40 years. We work closely with parents, carers and community members to ensure that the best possible environment is created for children and young people.

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About Islington Play Association

News & Blog

Playday 2018

Playday 2018 is on the way! Islington is planning on having the biggest and bestest yet! Spread the word! Wednesday 1 August, 12-4pm at Barnard Park Adventure Playground, Copenhagen Street N1...
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Trump Baby comes to visit

The world’s media and a giant ‘Baby Trump’ balloon made by British protestors for the US President’s visit in July 2018 paid a visit to two of our adventure playgrounds...
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Summer Playscheme for Children aged 3-5

Paradise Park Children’s Centre is childcare with a difference! Every day is an adventure! Children shape their days to suit their interests, spending the day as a pirate, searching for bugs, building...
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Why Play Matters

Play is what happens when children are given the space to be themselves and explore their world, learning about what works and what doesn’t, in pursuit of their own intrinsic aims.

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Why Play matters

37% of children claiming free school meals in Islington attend adventure playgrounds Source: Annual Report 2016