Francesca joined Islington Play Association as a Play and Learning Manager at Timbuktu Adventure Playground in June 2018, previously working in management within the early years sector. She has set up a variety of childcare settings that support looked after children and children with additional needs. Working within the voluntary, private and mainstream sector and supporting families in her local community, Francesca has worked in Islington for around 14 years.
Job Title: Play and Learning Manager
Location: Timbuktu Adventure Playground
Qualifications: BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies.
What do you love about working at IPA?
IPA provides the opportunity for children to have access to nature natural resources, as simple as climbing trees. The playgrounds have fantastic outdoor space with some exceptional and adventurous risk taking that will always be taking place. Children are able to make their own decisions and rules in their playgrounds and imagination is always around us.
What is your favourite childhood play memory?
I remember being outdoors as a child sleeping in a tent in my garden, and telling stories with friends. I remember feeling so excited by this experience.