IPA has been working for children’s right to play in Islington since 1971. Our work has gone through many different changes and we always try to respond to what is actually happening for the children in the borough. We have offered support to other play providers, run services, engaged in research and argued for the voice of children to be heard throughout our history. In 2006 IPA opened the nursery at Paradise Park and then in 2013 IPA won the contract to deliver six adventure playgrounds including one especially designed for children with special needs and we have consistently increased the numbers of local children and families attending and the satisfaction of those coming.
In 2012 IPA successfully persuaded Islington council to dedicate the land of all 12 adventure playgrounds for play in perpetuity, directly responding to the fear of the loss of play services and land across the country which has, since then, happened across the country.
IPA works closely with all partners who share our vision for children to play including local voluntary sector organisations, Islington Council, Health, Social Care, Greenspace and the community creating innovative, exciting and fun projects and services designed to ensure that all children get access to high quality play opportunities.