13th February 2017 - February Half-Term Opening Times
All our adventure playgrounds will be operating school holiday opening hours this week, Monday 13th - Friday 17th February.
Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground
Martin Luther King Adventure Playground
Hayward Adventure Playground
Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground
Timbuktu Adventure Playground
Toffee Park Adventure Playground
27th January 2017 - Childcare Bookings Open For February Half-Term
Childcare bookings for the upcoming half-term, Monday 13th February - Friday 17th February, are now open.
Martin Luther King Adventure Playground
Paradise Park Children's Centre
To book a space for your child at Martin Luther King Adventure Playground or Paradise Park Children's Centre, please email email@example.com or call 020 7607 9638.
23rd January 2017 - Can you fundraise for us?
Are you running a marathon this year? Are you a star baker? Any plans to climb a mountain? Fundraise for us and help support our work in providing opportunities for the children of Islington to play. Setting up a donation page is super easy! Check out our fundraising page for the details: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising
15th January 2017 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Spring Programme 2017 Now Available
The Paradise Park Children's Centre Spring 2017 Programme is now available online.
10th January 2017 - IPA to Support Empty Classroom Day 2017
We are very pleased to annoucne that we will once again be supporting Empty Clasrrom Day again this year. Schools are invited to join us (for free) on the day (and throughout the week) to celebrate at one of our adventure playgrounds in Islington anytime between 11.00am - 3.30pm. Full details here: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/our-projects/empty-classroom-day
1st January 2017 - Happy New Year
Wishing you all a happy and playful 2017.
25th December 2016 - Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from all of us at Islington Play Association.
13th December 2016 - Christmas Holiday Closures
As we gear up for the Christmas holidays, please be sure to check out the closure dates of our services.
6th December 2016 - London Adventure Play Award Entries
Toffee Park Adventure Playground and Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground's entries for the 2016 London Adventure Play Awards are now available online for you all to enjoy.
Check out the entries here:
Toffee Park Adventure Playground
Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground
25th November 2016 - Write a Letter to Mr Q and help us win £1,500
ClueQuest, the live escape game, is running a fantastic competition that could help one lucky charity (hopefully us) win £1,500. All you need to do is write a letter to Mr Q at ClueQuest and tell him why our adventure playgrounds, children’s centre or services are important to you.
Check out the flyer below for full details.
18th November 2016 - 'Meet the Funders' Event
The Islington Children and Young People's Voluntary Sector Forum has arranged for a panel of local and national funders to give brief presentations on their priorities for work with children and young people, plus what they think makes a compelling funding application.
Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 10am - 1pm
15th November 2016 - IPA Appoints Two New Trustees
We recently appointed two new trustees to the IPA Board:
We hope you join us all in extending a warm welcome to them both. We are very excited to have them join us and look forward to them helping us to create, improve, protect and promote the places and opportunities for the children of Islington to play.
11th November 2016 - Playground Closures on Saturday 12th November
Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Timbuktu and Toffee Park Adventure Playgrounds will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 12th November.
All four sites will re-open as normal on Tuesday 15th November.
8th November 2016 - Playwork Job Vacancies in Islington
Are you looking for a job in play?
Lots of exciting playwork opportunities available with our friends Awesome CIC.
Job vacancies include:
For more information and to apply visit: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play
1st November 2016 - Adventure Playground Closures
Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground will be closed this week in order for us to carry out maintenance works to the site. The nearest alternative adventure playground is Lumpy Hill on Market Road. Crumbles Castle will re-open on Tuesday 8th November.
Toffee Park Adventure Playground will be closed on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November, and will re-open on Saturday 5th November.
21st October 2016 - IPA October Newsletter now available
The October issue of the Islington Play Association newsletter is now available to view onlline. Read about Anita's latest post on the Islington Play CEO blog, find out what's happening on the adventure playgrounds over half-term, discover the new volunteer opportunities we have on offer and more.
18th October 2016 - October half-term opening hours
All our adventure playgrounds will be operating holiday opening hours next week for the October half-term (Monday 24th October - Friday 28th October).
12th October 2016 - Walking Bus Volunteers Wanted!
Can you spare 30 minutes on a weekday between 3.15pm - 3.45pm? Would you like to start building up some experience working with children?
We're on the lookout for responsible, reliable individuals who can spare 30 minutes to help out with our walking bus services from local schools to our adventure playgrounds.
If you can help please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7607 9637.
For more information about our walking bus services visit: http://islingtonplay.org.uk/our-projects/walking-bus
5th October 2016 - New staff apointments
Following recruitment periods in August and September, we are delighted to announce the appointment of six new staff to our adventure playground and children's centre teams:
We hope you join us all in extending a warm welcome to them all.
13th September 2016 - IPA launches two new walking bus services
Islington Play is pleased to announce the launch of two new walking bus services:
Both services are free-of-charge.
For more information please visit the Walking Bus page on our website.
5th September 2016 - Adventure Playground Closures
Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, Timbuktu and Toffee Park adventure playgrounds will all be shut this week as part of an annual closure.
For details of other services running during this time, please contact Islington Family Information Service:
Telephone: 020 7527 5959 | E-mail: email@example.com | Website: www.islington.gov.uk/fis
2nd September 2016 - 3 x job vacancies available at IPA
We are currently looing to recruit staff for three of our projects:
Walking Bus Playworker - Equivalent to £9.40 per hour - 3 hours per day, Tuesday to Friday (Fixed term contract September 2016 to July 2017 term time only)
Youth/Play Project Leader - Equivalent to £15.85 per hour - 3 hours per week (Fixed term contract September 2016 to July 2017)
Deputy Playworker - £13,029.25 - 20 hours per week term-time, 35 hours per week in school holidays
For more information and details on how to apply please visit the jobs in play page on our website: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play
9th August 2016 - Photos from Islington Playday 2016
Thanks to everyone who came along to support Islington Playday last Wednesday 3rd August. Staff from Islington's 12 adventure playgrounds offered a host of activities on the day including den building, tightrope walking, water slide, cardboard city building and water bottle rockets.
Check out some of the photos from the day here:
29th July 2016 - Islington Play Association is looking for Trustees
We are currently seeking three Trustees who:
For more information please visit the current volunteer opportunities page on our website:
26th July 2016 - Islington Play Association Summer Newsletter
Our latest newsletter is now available online. Find out what Anita Grant has to say in the latest post on the Islington CEO blog, check out photos from our Slides & Scoops event at Lumpy hill and discover an exciting job opportunity available with Hackney Play Association.
Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2aiLiSx
17th July 2016 - Adventure Playground Summer Holiday Opening Times
Our adventure playgrounds will be operating summer holiday opening hours from Monday 25th July - Friday 2nd September.
All sites will be closed on Monday 29th August for the bank holiday.
If you would like to book childcare at Martin Luther King Adventure Playground please call 020 7607 9638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find your nearest Islington adventure playground click on the image below:
12th July 2016 - Timbuktu Adventure Playground Closure Week
Timbuktu Adventure Playground will be closed all this week as part of its annual closure. Normal service will resume at the adventure playground from Tuesday 19th July. To find your nearest alternative adventure playground, please visit: http://bit.ly/28YJTkJ
6th July 2016 - Slides & Scoops at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground
For one day only we'll be hosting an adventure playground for grown-ups event at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground. Adults only (sorry, kids!) but it's all for a good cause! We'll be holding lots of activities on the day to raise lots of money to support our adventure playgrounds.
Entry is free or a £10 donation to us on the door.
4th July 2016 - Nominations for GamesAid charity support
Do you know anyone in the video games industry? We're looking for an individual (GamesAid) member who can nominate and support our charity for GamesAid support.
Please get in touch with us on 020 7607 9637 or email@example.com
28th June 2016 - Adventure Playgrounds Launch Family Day Saturdays
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new family day service at four of our adventure playgrounds in Islington. Parents and carers are now be able to join their children on-site every Saturday in term-time at Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Timbuktu and Toffee Park adventure playgrounds. Children under the age of six will also be allowed on-site as long they remain supervised by a parent or carer.
IPA's family days will make loads more green play space available to the residents of Islington. The enhanced service allows parents/carers and young children under five the chance to discover and explore these unique adventure play spaces that they normally don't have access to
Check out our press release for more information.
27th June 2016 - Toffee Adventure Playground Closure Week
Toffee Park Adventure Playground will be closed this week (28/06/16 - 02/07/16) as part of its annual closure. Normal service will resume at the adventure playground from Tuesday 5th July. To find your nearest alternative adventure playground, please visit: http://bit.ly/28YJTkJ
20th June 2016 - Crumbles Castle Playground Closure Week
Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground will be closed this week (21/06/16 - 25/06/16) as part of its annual closure. Normal service will resume at the adventure playground from Tuesday 28th June. To find your nearest alternative adventure playground, please visit: http://bit.ly/28YJTkJ
17th June 2016 - New Post on the Islington Play CEO Blog
In the latest post on the Islington Play CEO blog, Anita Grant discusses the role of parents and how they affect children's decisions.
"Having older children seems to be no easier than having younger ones and a core issue is that as ‘the adult' is there (me!) all risks are minimised for the children/young people/actually adults.
Their ability to risk assess and make decisions is affected by my presence. They trust me. They think I know what I am doing (?!).
Check out the full blog post here: https://islingtonplayblog.wordpress.com
17th June 2016 - Tertia Montgomery joins Cafe Assistant at Paradise Park Children's Centre
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Tertia Montgomery, who joins us as a Cafe Assistant at Paradise Park Children's Centre. Tertia will be helping to make lunches for the hungry children and babies in our nursery, ensuring they get healthy and nutritious food to keep them playing all day long.
7th June 2016 - Islington Play Association Now Accepting Applications For Sessional Playworker On An Ongoing Basis
We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for Sessional Playworker on on an on-going basis throughout the year. We are looking for creative, playful people to become part of the teams at our adventure playgrounds and early years setting. This post would suit someone who wants to work flexibly on an as and when basis. We particularly need sessional playworkers in the school holidays, and have some opportunities during term time.
For more information, please visit: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play
31st May 2016 - Adventure Playgrounds Running Holiday Opening Hours
All our adventure playgrounds sites are operating holiday opening hours this week:
20th May 2016 - Bookings open for Paradise Park Children's Centre Holiday Playscheme
Just a reminder that we are still taking bookings for our holiday playscheme at Paradise Park Children's Centre.
13th May 2016 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Summer Programme
The new Summer 2016 programme for Paradise Park Children's Centre is now available online.
10th May 2016 - Children Enjoy Extra Pop-Ip Play Space At Martin Luther King Adventure Playground
Islington Play Association (IPA) is pleased to announce that an agreement with Islington Council has created extra play space for Martin Luther King Adventure Playground. The additional pop-up space has allowed IPA to extend Martin Luther King Adventure Playground's northern boundary further in to Paradise Park.
IPA’s Holloway-based site, Martin Luther King Adventure Playground, is in the heart of play paradise – on the corner of Paradise Park – with an aerial runway, American swing, fire pit and huge structures for children to climb and explore. Martin Luther King Adventure Playground is an incredibly popular site, so the extra space is a welcome addition that will give greater freedom for movement and space for even more children to play.
For more information, please see our press release.
4th May 2016 - Islington Play Association presents "It's Ours Whatever They Say"
We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding a play heritage exhibition, "It's Ours Whatever They Say", at the Islington Museum this Spring. "It's Ours Whatever They Say" is a playful exhibition celebrating half a century of adventure play in Islington. The exhibition is the result of a two year Heritage Lottery project which saw us explore and uncover the story of the adventure playground movement in Islington.
29th April 2016 - Paige Ryan Joins Islington Play Association as Apprentice Playworker
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Paige Ryan, who joins the organisation as an Apprentice Playworker. Paige will be supporting our work with children on the adventure playgrounds.
26th April 2016 - Job Vacancy: Cafe/Kitchen Assistant at Paradise Park Children's Centre
We are on the lookout for an enthusiastic café/kitchen assistant to help make lunches and teas for our 45 hungry children and babies in the nursery to make sure that they get healthy and nutritious food to keep them playing all day long.
- £10,284 pa (paid on Islington's NJC Scale - Scale 2, points 10-13)
For more info and details on how to apply visit our 'Jobs in Play' page: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play
20th April 2016 - Adventure Playgrounds For Hire
Did you know that our adventure playgrounds are available for hire when they are not open to the children?
Whether you're looking to host a children's birthday party or a regular meeting space, our adventure playgrounds are versatile spaces that can be hired for a variety of occasions.
For more information, please contact us on 020 7607 9637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
11th April 2016 - Can you offer a pet a new home?
We are looking for a new home for our adorable cat, Haribo (below - left), who currently resides at Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground.
Haribo is sociable, loving and really good with children.
If you are interested in adopting Haribo, please get in touch with Annie Cook:
6th April 2016 - #ThisisReal Reflecting on the importance of adventure playgrounds
Every once in a while it's important to think about why we do the things we do. In our latest #ThisisReal post, one of our members of staff reflects on the importance of adventure playgrounds and how they benefit children.
An adventure playground differs greatly from other environments where children spend most of their time. Onsite children can rearrange the world, make connections with other children and adults in ways that could not be planned with structure or direction and in ways that benefit the individual, the other children, the culture of the playground and of course the community.
Check out the full post here: bit.ly/1qug7rd
30th March 2016 - Adventure Playgrounds on holiday opening hours
All our adventure playgrounds sites are operating holiday opening hours this week and the next.
24th March 2016 - Easter Childcare available at Paradise Park Children's Centre
Are you still looking for childcare over the Easter holidays? Fear not, we still have childcare spaces available for 3-5 year olds at Paradise Park Children's Centre.
To book, call 020 7607 9638 or email email@example.com.
18th March 2016 - New hires at Islington Play Association
We are delighted to announce the appointment of nine new Sessional Playworkers at IPA:
• Alaniese Breen
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to them all.
15th March 2016 - Find Your London Festival, 18-28 March 2016
Come outside and explore your city this spring with Find Your London. From 18-28 March, we invite you to celebrate London's great outdoor spaces from gardens to parks, high streets to marketplaces.
This 11-day festival features over 100 events in each and every corner of London. That means it's a fantastic opportunity to discover new places, join in fun outdoor activities and put a spring back in your step. There'll be everything from yoga in the park, cycle trails and treasure hunts, to beekeeping, an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and much more besides. In fact, there's something to suit every mood. There are also activities for every age, from eight to 80 and lots for families to enjoy too. As with all the best things in life, many of the events are free.
If all this sounds a little overwhelming, help is at hand. So you can make your mind up and make the most of the festival, we've come up with five different moods. So whether you're looking to be Active, Curious, Playful, Relaxed, or Inspired you'll find a great day out at Find Your London.
8th March 2016 - Rascals in the Castle
Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground, in Bingfield Park (N1 0BJ), will be swinging open the portcullis and letting grown-ups on to the castle grounds on Saturday 19th March 2016, 12.30 - 4.00pm, for a ‘Free Adventure Play for Families' event.
As part of the Find Your London Festival, Islington Play Association will be unlocking the gates to Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground, a secret and unique site in the heart of London. The adventure playground is a protected space - with a real castle - which has been designed and created with children for children. Adults are not normally allowed on the site, so this event will be a great opportunity for families to discover and explore this unique space that only their children usually have access to.
For more information check out our press release here.
19th February 2016 - IPA Appoints New Administrator, Simon Gist
We are delighted to announce that Simon Gist has been appointed as the new Administrator at Islington Play Association. Simon has recently come back from travelling across Asia, following a three month placement in Sri Lanka as Volunteer Coordinator with Sri Lanka Volunteers. Prior to this, he worked as a Delivery and Data Analyst at Specific Media. Simon will commence his new role as Administrator on Monday 22nd February.
We are sad to see Grainne O'Dwyer leave the post, but wish her all the best in her new job as Project & Administration Manager at Sherbert Research.
15th February 2016 - Adventure Playgrounds Operating Holiday Opening Hours
All our adventure playgrounds are operating holiday opening hours this week.
29th Janaury 2016 - Adventure Playground day Closure on Sat 30th Jan
Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Timbuktu and Toffee Park adventure playgrounds will all be closed tomorrow due to a company staff away day.
Services will resume as normal on Tuesday.
26th January 2016 - Job vacancies at Islington Play Association
We currently have a number of job vacancies available at Islington Play Association:
Reporting to the Director of Operations, you will provide a comprehensive administrative support service and contribute to our ambition to provide outstanding services to the local community. This includes childcare booking, stationery ordering, party and room hire bookings, updating the website and social media, gathering and recording staff information and data entry.
We are looking for creative, playful people to become part of the teams at our adventure playgrounds and early years setting. This post would suit someone who wants to work flexibly on an as and when basis. We particularly need sessional playworkers in the school holidays, and have some opportunities during term time.
We are currently on the lookout for two enthusiastic young people to join us as Apprentice Playworkers on our adventure playgrounds. Gain hands-on experience as a playworker as you work towards a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ).
For more information about any of the roles, visit the Jobs in Play page on our website: http://www.islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play
22nd January 2016 - Playwork Apprentice Open Day
Islington Play Association is currently on the lookout for two enthusiastic young people to join us as Apprentice Playworkers. Earn, learn and train whilst on the job. Gain hands-on experience as a playworker as you work towards a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ).
Drop into our open day to meet our staff, find out exactly what a playworker does and get details on how to apply.
Date: Thursday 28th January 2016
20th January 2016 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Spring 2016 Programme
The Spring 2016 programme for Paradise Park Children's Centre is now available online. Click on the link below to view it in full.
18th January 2016 - Job opportunity at Islington Play Association
We are currently looking to recruit a fantastic new Administrator to join our team at Islington Play Association.
Reporting to the Director of Operations, you will provide a comprehensive administrative support service and contribute to our ambition to provide outstanding services to the local community. This includes childcare booking, stationery ordering, party and room hire bookings, updating the website and social media, gathering and recording staff information and data entry.
For an application pack visit: www.islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play
8th January 2016 - Islington Children's Play Survey
We are still looking for local parents/carers to help us find out about children and playing in Islington. If you have a spare few minutes, please help us by completing a short online survey at: www.play-survey.com.
1st January 2016 - Happy New Year!
Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped make things happen in 2015. All the best for 2016!
21st December 2015 - Islington Play Association Christmas Newsletter
The festive edition of our fortnightly newsletter is now available online:
18th December 2015 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Spring Programme 2016
Paradise Park Children's Centre's Spring Programme 2016 Programme is now available online.
View the full programme here
18th December 2015 - Adventure Playground & Children's Centre Christmas Closure
As we gear up for the holidays, please take a moment to check out the closure dates of our services over the Christmas break.
14th December 2015 - New Trustees at IPA
We recently recruited four new trustees to the IPA Board of Trustees.
We hope you all join us in extending a warm welcome to the following:
We are confident that they will do a fantastic job in helping us to create, improve, protect and promote the places and opportunities for the children of Islington to play.
9th December 2015 - IPA Newslette now live
The latest edition (Wednesday 9th December) of the IPA newsletter is now live.
Check out the newsletter in full by visiting: http://bit.ly/1RIkF7f
30th November 2015 - Islington and Camden Adventure Playgrounds in the news
Here's a lovely Monday morning read for you all in the Camden Review. It's all about the adventure playgrounds in Camden and Islington.
23rd November 2015 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Open Day - 24/11/2015
Just a reminder that the Paradise Park Children's Centre Open Day is being held this Tuesday 24th Nov. Get advice and information about getting back into work, training, volunteering, free 15 hour nursery spaces and more.
13th November 2015 - Islington Play Association Newsletter
The latest IPA newsletter is now available online. Read Anita's latest blog post, discover what events are coming up, find out how our Autumn Pop-up event went and much more.
10th November 2015 - Islington Women Make A Difference
More than 100 people came together at the Almeida Theatre to celebrate the achievements of women from across Islington for the Women Making a Difference Conference. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, the independent human rights organisation which works to defend and extend rights and freedoms in England and Wales, was guest speaker and opened the conference.
The event was organised by Islington Children and Young People's Voluntary Sector Forum to highlight the remarkable impact women have had on the borough and beyond, and the difference that their passion, dedication and commitment has made to the environment and lives of children and young people in Islington.
As well as celebrating the achievements of women in the voluntary sector, the conference allowed people to connect with each other and inspired young women to see what is possible to achieve by activism and involvement. Groups of young women attended from Art and Media School Islington, Elizabeth Garret Anderson School (EGA) and Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls.
For more information please read our press release: Islington Women Make A Difference
2nd November 2015 - Women Making A Difference Conference 2015 Programme
The programme for tomorrow's Women Making A Difference conference, organised by Islington Children and Young People's Voluntary Sector Forum, is now available to view online.
30th October 2015 - Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground Halloween Disco
Don't forget that the Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground Halloween Disco is on tonight! It's free entry and parents/carers are welcome to come along with their children.
Date: Friday 30th November
There will be food, drink, music, dancing and the chance to win a brand new BMX in the raffle.
29th October 2015 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Open Day on Tues 24th Nov
On Tuesday 24th November we will be holding an open day at Paradise Park Children's Centre for local parents/carers to get advice and information about getting back into work, training, volunteering, free 15 hour nursery spaces and more. Check out the poster below for more more information.
27th October 2015 - Women Making a Difference Conference on Tues 3rd November 2015
Only one week to go until the Women Making A Difference Conference (#IWMAD2015).
More information here: http://www.islingtonplay.org.uk/our-projects/women-making-a-difference/
21st October 2015 - IPA's Autumn Pop Up Event is being held tonight
Just a reminder that our Autumn Pop-Up event kicks off tonight from 6.00pm - 11.00pm at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground. It'll be going ahead come rain or shine. Hope to see you all there!
19th October 2015 - Raffle Tickets for Sale
We'll be holding a raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs - including theatre tickets and afternoon tea - at our Autumn Pop-Up event next week. If you can't make it but would still like to take part in the draw or would like to secure your tickets early here's how:
Friday 25th September - IPA's Secret Autum Pop Up
This October come and join us at a secret location in Islington N7 where you can huddle round a bonfire toasting marshmallows and enjoy a winter cocktail with some home-cooked delicious treats.
For one night only this unique space, not usually open to grown-ups, invites you to an evening of tasty, toasty autumnal delights.
Write your name with a sparkler, play hard in our table tennis tournament and get down with our live band in the heart of London.
Date: Wednesday 21st October 2015
To book your place contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 1st September - Annual Closures on the Adventure Playgrounds
Some of our adventure playgrounds will be closed in the next week or two as part of their annual closures.
Adventure Playground Closure Dates:
Friday 21st August - New Hires & Promotions
We hope you join us in congratulating and extending a warm welcome to them all!
Thursday 7th August - Islington Playday in the news
Hundreds of children came along to this year's Islington Playday event which was held at Paradise Park on Mackenzie Road. There were a number of exciting activities on offer inlcuding den building, a water slide, cardboard citybuilding, water bottle rockets and climbing on nets. Thanks to everyone who came along and to the staff and volunteers who helped make this year's event a big success.
View the article in full on the Islington Tribune website: http://bit.ly/1hlHsaL.
29th July 2015 - Free Project Wild Thing Screening on Islington Playday
Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their families!) outside and reconnecting with nature.
The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.
Islington Play Association is proud to be presenting a free showing of the film on Playday - a highly appropriate time for us all to be reminded of the importance of play and the preciousness of freedom for children.
Our Patron, Bob Hughes, author (2011. Evolutionary Playwork. Routledge) and lifelong advocate for free play and play as a fundamental and essential part of human development will be on hand and there will be a live Q and A with Bob and IPA CEO - Anita Grant on the importance and effects of play for children in an urban environment like Islington straight after the film.
Date: Wednesday 5th August
28th July 2015 - Islington Playday is being held Wednesday 5th August, 12.00 - 3.30pm
Playday is the national celebration of children's right to play. Join us as we celebrate Islington Playday on Wednesday 5th August 2015, 12.00pm - 3.30pm. Come along to a free and fun packed day at Paradise Park (Mackenzie Road).
There will be a variety of activities on offer including a water slide, arts and crafts, obstacle course, football, cardboard city building and a messy play area.
27th July 2015 - IPA Newsletter now available
Check out the latest fortnightly IPA newsletter here:
22nd July 2015 - Holloway Cluster Fun day
The Holloway cluster will be holding a fun day at Hungerford Children's Centre.
20th June 2015 - Summer Saturdays at Paradise Park Children's Centre
Our new look Café will also be serving healthy food at affordable prices, so it's fun for all the family. We look forward to seeing you all on our Summer Saturdays!
15th June 2015 - Nursery Applications Now Being Taken at Paradise Park Children's Centre
10th June 2015 - Toffee Park Adventure Playground Celebration Day
Join us as we celebrate the history and future of Toffee Park Adventure Playground on Saturday 20th June.
2nd June 2015 - Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground Celebration Day
The Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground Celebration Day will be held on Saturday 6th June. All are welcome to come along.
8th May 2015 - Islington Play Association Orchard Tree Walk
We are inviting you to join IPA on a sponsored walk to visit every tree in our new orchard on Saturday 27th June 2015. The round trip is approximately 6.5 miles and you will also be able to see all of our adventure playgrounds and the amazing structures and spaces that we run. Find out more about the reasons behind the walk in Anita's letter.
If you are interested in joining us please check out our Anita Grant's Islington Play Orchard Letter. Please register by emailing email@example.com to get your Islington Play Association Orchard Pack.
8th May 2015 - Islington Play Association Adventure Playgrounds Named Play Champions
We are very pleased to announce that five of our adventure playgrounds - Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, Timbuktu and Toffee Park - have been selected to be Play Champions as part of an initiative by Save Childhood Movement for National Children's Day UK.
National Children's Day UK provides a platform for raising awareness about children's rights. It adopts a different theme each year in order to engage as many people as possible and to promote the work of organisations already working in the field. The theme of this year's National Children's Day is the Science and Magic of Play, and will be held on Sunday 17th May.
Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, Timbuktu and Toffee Park will each be celebrating National Children's Day on Friday 15th May.
For more information, please see our "Islington Adventure Playgrounds Named Play Champions" press release.
6th May 2015 - Islington Play Association Celebrates Spring Playday
Over 250 children from across Islington came together for Spring Playday on Wednesday 8th April. Children and staff from Crumbles Castle, Hayward, Martin Luther King, Timbuktu and Toffee Park adventure playgrounds travelled from across the borough for a day of fun and games at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground.
Spring Playday was a fun packed day that saw children enjoy free play, outdoor games, arts & crafts and a barbecue, celebrating children's access to free play opportunities at adventure playgrounds across Islington.
For more information, please see our "Islington Play Association Celebrates Spring Playday"press release.
10th April 2015 - Islington Play Association in Plan Z Heroes Newsletter
Lucy Benson, Adventure Playgrounds Manager, was recently interviewed by Plan Z Heroes about Islington Play Association's relatinship with local supermarket Budgens.
View the newsletter in full by visiting: http://dmtrk.com/2L9Q-7JFU-01323A91E1/cr.aspx
30th March 2015 - Islington Play Association's Fortnightly Newsletter Now Available
Islington Play Association's latest fortnightly update is now available. Read Anita Grant's latest post on the Islington Play CEO blog, discover what vacancies we are looking to fill and find out when our Healthy Holidays schedules are being run.
27th March 2015 - Job Vacancies at Islington Play Association
Islington Play Association is a vibrant, proactive children's charity. Our aim is simple - to create, provide, improve and protect places for the children of Islington to play. Play is what children do when they are allowed freedom to explore their world.
Our Adventure Playgrounds and Children's Centre are unique exciting places to work where no two days are the same. Expect to be amazed and inspired by the depth and breadth of the innovative and original ideas of children at play.
IPA is looking for a wide range of workers who, as well as being advocates for play are also resourceful, innovative, reflective and committed to our values. We want you to join our team of experienced and qualified play people. The opportunities we are offering will be delivered from our many children's play sites across Islington. You will work with us to ensure that the children of Islington benefit from excellent play opportunities
Sessional Playworkers - £10 per hour (inclusive)
Visit our website to download an application pack visit our 'Jobs in Play' page: http://islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play/
To find out more about this roles contact:
Closing date for applications: 12pm, Wednesday 22nd April
13th March 2015 - Islington Play Association Fortnightly Update
In this week's fortnightly update you can find out how our heritage night at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground went and read Anita Grant's latest post on the Islington Play CEO blog.
2nd March 2015 - Invite to "An Evening of Adventure Playground History"
Islignton Play Association cordially invites you to attend "An Evening of Adventure Playground History".
20th February 2015 - Islington Play Association Fortnightly Update
The Islington Play Association fortnightly update is now available:
17th February 2015 - New Trustee on the IPA Board
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ed Kevill-Davies who has been appointed as a Trustee on the IPA Board. Ed is a Motion Graphic Designer with over four years of experience within the industry.
6th February 2015 - Persona Dolls DVD Launch at Paradise Park Children's Centre
Trustees and trainers from Persona Dolls came to Paradise Park Children's Centre on the 4th of February to launch their new DVD and support book. Persona Dolls have been used in children's settings all over the world to promote inclusive behaviour, boost self-esteem and help children unlearn discriminatory messages.
The team from Persona Dolls presented key scenes from the new DVD, which illustrated the unique way that the use of the dolls stimulates empathetic conversations and behaviour from children in early years settings.
Babette Brown, one of the founders of Persona dolls in England and the writer of 3 of their books, facilitated the discussion between practitioners from several schools and children's Centres from Islington and Haringey.
Paradise Park Children's Centre has been using persona dolls for some years, to help children explore similarities and differences and were very pleased to receive the latest DVD and support book from the team which will be used to extend the nursery teams use of persona dolls.
3rd February 2015 - Promotions
We are pleased to announce that two of our Paradise Park Children's Centre nursery staff, Cinzia Tassinari and Chrsytal Portsmouth, have been promoted to Early Years Workers. Both staff previously worked in the nursery as Early Years Support Workers. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work!
30th January 2015 - PPCC Spring 2015 Programme
The Paradise Park Children's Centre Spring Programme is now available. Click on the flyer below to view the programme.
13th January 2015 - New Hires and Promotions
December 2014 was a very busy month for us with job interviews being conducted for a number of roles across the organisation. We are very pleased to announce that 12 new staff members have been appointed as well as two new trustees:
We have also promoted two of our nursery staff at Paradise Park Children's Centre:
We hope you join us in congratulating and extending a warm welcome to them all.
12th December 2014 - Weekly Newsletter Now Available
In this week's newsletter you can read all about Anita's latest blog post, the latest jobs in play vacancies and our new 2014 Annual Impact Report.
2nd December 2014 - Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground in the news
28th October 2014 - Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground wins "Coolest Place to Play" award
We are delighted to announce that Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground has won the award for "Coolest Place to Play" in the 2014 London Adventure Play Awards. Well done to the staff and children for all their hard work.
Click on the image below to view their entry.
27th October 2014 - Six jobs opportunities available at Islington Play Association
We are looking for a wide range of workers who, as well as being advocates for play are also resourceful, innovative, reflective and committed to our values. The roles we are advertising range from leadership roles to project drivers and flexible sessional play posts.
Closing date for applications:
Please visit our "Jobs in Play" page to view job descriptions and person specifications, and download an application pack.
15th October 2014 - Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground shortlisted in the 2014 London Adventure Play Awards
Following on from last week's fantastic Islington in Bloom award news, we are pleased to announce that Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground has been shortlisted in two of the 2014 London Adventure Play Award categories:
Find out more about the 2014 London Adventure Play Awards by visiting the London Play website: http://bit.ly/1sGWo6r.
14th October 2014 - Meet and Greet at Paradise Park Children's Centre
Paradise Park Children's Centre will be holding two meet and greet sessions on Wednesday 22nd October:
Chat with other parents, get to know our staff and find out about the services offered at the centre.
10th October 2014 -Islington in Bloom awards Silver Gilt Award to Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground
We are pleased to announce that Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground has received a Silver Gilt Award from Islington in Bloom for "Best Children's Planting".
Islington in Bloom is a local horticultural competition run by Islington Gardeners and Islington Council.
For more information about the competition visit http://bit.ly/1t2ZKSj.
6th October 2014 - Islington Play Association appoints new Administrator
We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Grainne O'Dwyer as our new Administrator. Grainne recently completed her MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology and comes to us from her internship at the Birkbeck Babylab (Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development).
15th August 2014 - Play, Past, Present and in Perpetuity open evening tonight
Tonight we will be hosting an open evening at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground for our play heritage project: Play, Past, Present and in Perpetuity.
Please come along and invite anyone else who you think may be interested.
15th August 2014 - Anita Grant speaks to Islington Gazette about Islington Playday 2014
On Wednesday 6th August,over 1800 people from across Islington came together at Paradise Park to celebrate Islington Playday 2014.
Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK.
Anita Grant, chief executive at Islington Play Association, spoke to Islington Gazette on the day:
"Play is every child's right as enshrined in the UN convention on the rights of the child and the Islington partnership is at the forefront of ensuring that children get the freedom and opportunity to explore their world through freely chosen, intrinsically motivated play to enable them to fulfil their potential, build their resilience and be happy.
"Playday this year certainly made a lot of children happy."
Check out the full article here: http://bit.ly/1rdnz94
11th August 2014 - Islington Play Association seeks top-notch Administrator
We have an opportunity for a good administrator to play an active part in supporting our work to improve the lives of Islington's children. For an application pack visit our jobs in play page: http://islingtonplay.org.uk/play-support/jobs-in-play/
24th July 2014 - Save the date! Islington Playday is coming soon...
Playday is the national celebration of children's right to play! Join us for Islington Playday at Paradise Park (Mackenzie Road) on Wednesday 6th August, 11.00am - 4.00pm, for a free fun packed day. Activities will include arts & crafts, sports & games, den building, tree climbing, zipwire and much more.
See flyer below for more details:
24th July 2014 - Play, Past, Present and in Perpetuity Open Evening on Friday 15th August
As part of our Play, Past, Present and in Perpetuity project, we will be celebrating the history of Islington's adventure playgrounds. Details are as follows:
Date: Friday 15th August 2014
Please bring any photos and memories you may have to share as we are using this evening to create a timeline for each Adventure Playground. RSVP to Jordan: firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7607 9637
23rd July 2014 - Adventure Playgrounds running on summer holiday opening hours
All our adventure playgrounds will be running on holiday opening times from today.
Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, and Toffee Park will be open for open-access play Monday - Friday, 10.30am - 5.30pm. Hayward Adventure Playground will be open Tuesday - Saturday, 10.15am - 3.15pm. On Sunday, Hayward is open from 10.00am - 4.00pm.
For more information about the activities that will be taking place at each site, please visit the respective adventure playground webpages.
5th June 2014 - Lumpy Fest Fundraiser
Come join us for the Lumpy Fest Fundraiser, a day of fun and laughter at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground. On the day there will be a BBQ, stalls, games, live music from the talented children at Lumpy Hill and much more...
Date: Saturday 5th July
Everyone is welcome!
2nd June 2014 - Free playwork training available
Islington Play Association, in conjunction with Lambeth Play, will be running free training sessions covering basic playwork knowledge.
27th May 2014 - Adventure playgrounds operating on holiday opening hours
As it's half term this week, all six of our adventure playgrounds will be operating on holiday opening hours.
Crumbles Castle, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, Timbuktu and Toffee Park adventure playgrounds will be open from 10.30am - 5.30pm until Friday 30th May.
Hayward has slightly different opening hours from the others - please see the KIDS website for full details: http://www.kids.org.uk/Event/hayward-adventure-playground
29th April 2014 - Toffee Park Adventure Playground re-opens today
Toffee Park Adventure Playground re-opens from its annual closure today.
Back to normal opening hours:
Visit the Toffee Park page for more information about the adventure playground: http://bit.ly/1khxrXa
28th April 2014 - Martin Luther King re-opens today
Martin Luther King Adventure Playground re-opens from its annual closure today.
Back to normal opening hours:
Visit the Martin Luther King page for more information about the adventure playground: http://bit.ly/1fMdg0J
22nd April 2014 - Jordan James joins us as Play Heritage Development Worker
We are pleased to announce that Jordan James, who is currently a Deputy Fractional Playworker at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground, has been appointed as our new Play Heritage Development Worker.
Jordan will be working with children and the local community to investigate, explore and record the amazing history of the adventure playground movement in Islington.
Watch out for a press release with more information about the project in the coming weeks.
31st March 2014 - New hires at Islington Play Association
Islington Play Association is pleased to announce the appointment of the following staff:
We hope you'll join us in extending a warm welcome to all of our new starters.
27th March 2014 - Islington Play Association Receives Funding to Support Healthy Eating Project ‘Healthy Holidays'
Islington Play Association (IPA) is one of 25 organisations, chosen out of 337 applicants from across England, to receive funding from the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) 1. IPA was selected for showing excellence in improving public health through prevention and risk reduction.
24th March 2014 - Easter holiday childcare bookings now being taken
Bookings are now being taken for Easter holiday childcare at Martin Luther King & Paradise Park Children's Centre. Click on the flyer below for more information.
26th February 2014 - New Job Oppportunities available with us
Do you think play is as important as we do?
We are currently looking for workers who are resourceful, innovative, reflective, committed to our values, and advocates for play to join our team of experienced and qualified play people. There are two opportunities available:
For more information about either of the two roles, visit our 'Jobs in Play' page.
25th February 2014 - Paradise Park Children's Centre Spring Programme
Paradise Park Children's Centre's spring programme is now available on our website.
15th February 2014 - Half-term activity schedules are now live
Half-term activity schedules are now live and available on the website. Please check out the respective adventure playground pages for the full details.
4th February 2014 - Bookings for February half-term childcare services are now open
Bookings are now being taken for February half-term childcare at Martin Luther King Adventure Playground and Paradise Park Children's Centre. Children who are 6 years and over can be booked into childcare places at Martin Luther King Adventure Playground at a cost of £15. Children who are 5 years and under can be booked into childcare places at Paradise Park Children's Centre at a cost of £18.
For details of all childcare schemes running in Islington over the half-term, please visit the Islington Council website:
29th January 2014 - Toffee Park Adventure Playground named as one of the 'Top 10 Best Free Adventure Playgrounds in the UK'
Sport and Recreation Alliance has named Toffee Park Adventure Playground as one of the 'Top 10 Best Free Adventure Playgrounds in the UK'.
"Right in the heart of inner city Islington, Toffee Park’s small but perfectly formed environment is the perfect place for kids to go wild after school. This adventure playground was London Play’s Playground of the year in 2011 and is open access – meaning the children are free to come and go as they choose. Not only that, how many other playgrounds get visited by Sean Coombs aka P-Diddy, aka Puff Daddy aka some other variant of essentially the same name?"
For more information, please visit: http://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/blog/top-10/28-01-2014/top-10-best-free-adventure-playgrounds-uk
20th January 2014 - New Starter: Parvin Hussain
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Parvin Hussain, who joins us in the role of Administrator. Parvin will be supporting our work at the IPA head office and Paradise Park Children's Centre.
16th January 2014 - Volunteers wanted to help with healthy eating lunch clubs
This playful project will feed Islington's children and support them in enjoying and learning about healthy eating. Islington has the 2nd highest level of child poverty in the UK and over a quarter of Islington's children aged 4 to 5 are overweight. With the help of a team of volunteers we will be running cooking, eating and playing sessions at 5 adventure playgrounds in Islington during the school holidays to try and improve children's health.
For more information, head over to our current volunteer opportunities page.
10th January 2014 - Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground
The opening dates for Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground have recently changed from Sunday - Thursday to Tuesday - Saturday.
6th January 2014 - Islington Play Association's services will resume normal opening hours from today
All six of our adventure playgrounds and Paradise Park Children's Centre will resume their normal opening hours from today. The childcare booking service for Martin Luther King Adventure Playground will also be re-opening and taking bookings for up until the February half term.
13th December 2013 - IPA's Annual General Meeting is tonight
Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Christmas party tonight, from 6.30pm at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground (15 Market Road, N7 9PL).
3rd December 2013 - Adventure Playground Closure Dates
All of our adventure playgrounds will be closed for two weeks over the festive season, from Monday 22nd December to Friday 3rd January inclusive.
The booking phone (020 7607 9638) for childcare services at Martin Luther King Adventure Playground will not be monitored during this period.
26th November 2013 - Wanted! Administrator (£23,116 pa)
We are looking to recruit a full time administrator to provide a comprehensive administrative support service and to contribute to our ambition to provide outstanding services to the local community.
For more information about the role and details on how to apply, please visit our jobs page.
20th November 2013 - Islington Play Association's Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled
Islington Play Association's Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled to 6.30pm on Friday 13th December at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground.
28th October 2013 - October half-term activities schedule now available
We've just released a schedule of the activities happening across all of our adventure playgrounds.
Click on the flyer below for more information.
21st October 2013 - Islington Play Association's Annual General Meeting to be Held on Wednesday, 20th November
You are cordially invited to attend Islington Play Association's Annual General Meeting. Come and find out about our work in 2012/13 and our plans for this year.Refreshments will be served and a there will be a fire outside, weather permitting.
Date: Weds Nov 20th 2013
18th October 2013 - Lumpy Hill and Toffee Park Adventure Playgrounds Shortlisted in the London Adventure Play Awards
Two of our adventure playgrounds have been shortlisted in this year's London Adventure Play Awards. Toffee Park Adventure Playground has been shortlisted in the category for 'Adventure Play Setting with the Most Variety' and Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground has been shortlisted in the category for 'Most Innovative Adventure Play Setting'.
Photos: Toffee Park Adventure Playground and Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground (Left to right)
London Play will be announcing the winners at an award celebration event on Friday 1st November.
17th October 2013 - Islington Play Association is Seeking New Trustees
We are seeking additional Trustees with the commitment, vision and expertise to contribute to our work. The Play Association has an experienced and well rounded team of trustees and is now particularly looking to extend its knowledge and skills around the key areas of: legal, marketing, finance, engineering or building maintenance. People with a background in any of these subjects would be particularly welcomed.
Please see the advert below for additional information about the role and how to apply.
Closing date: Tuesday 6th November 2013
11th October 2013 - Booking for October half-term childcare services open at 10am on Monday 14th October
Bookings for October half-term childcare services at Paradise Park Children's Centre and Martin Luther King Adventure Playground commence 10am on Monday 14th October. For more information or to book a place for your child, please call us on 0207 607 9638 or email email@example.com.
1st October 2013 - Islington Play Association and London Play to deliver fire workshop for adults at Play England's Explore Play Connect in the city event.
Islington Play Association and London Play will be delivering a fire workshop for adults who work with and for children at Play England's Explore Play Connect - in the city event, at Timber Lodge & Tumbling Bay Playground. The event is aimed at practitioners and professionals from play settings; schools, children's centres and local authorities; early years; youth settings; health and wellbeing sectors; and environmental organisations.
Date: Monday 7th October
For additional details, please see the event flyer below.
1st October 2013 - WANTED: 1 x Volunteer Parties and Events Coordinator
We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable person to develop our parties service. Our children's centre and adventure playgrounds are all available to rent for children's parties and other events, and we would like someone to take the lead on this and develop it to its full potential. This will include advertising the service, speaking with potential users, booking staff for the service, arranging payments etc.
Additional information about the role can be found on our 'Current Opportunities' page.
30th September 2013 - Two Islington Play Association staff commended for their work
At the recent Islington Play Association away day, Saturday 21st September 2013, two members of staff were commended for their work during the last year.
Jermaine Payne won 'IPA Staff Member of the Year' for his excellent work in the Paradise Park Children's Centre, supporting both children and staff with dignity and grace.
Kerry O'Conner won the inaugural Fran Mckeown prize for Play Worker of the year in recognition of her commitment and dedication at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground and her ability to keep play in the forefront every day.
Photo: Jermaine Payne, IPA Staff Member of the Year (2013)
26th September 2013 - Islington Play Association to run den building session at the New River Walk 400 year anniversary celebration
On Sunday 29th September we will be running a natural den building session for children at New River Walk, Douglas Road. The session is part of a free community fun day event to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the New River Walk.
Location: New River Walk, Douglas Road, N1
More details can be found in the flyer below:
6th Septmeber 2013 - Join us at The Cally Festival, Sunday 8th September, 12pm -6pm
We're helping out at The Cally Festival this Sunday 8th September. Come join us for a pop-up celebration of the diverse trade, community and culture on Caledonian Road.
Location: Caledonian Road
Keep an eye on the Islington Play Association Facebook page and Twitter account for live updates throughout the day.
For more information about the festival, visit The Cally Festival website: http://thecallyfestival.com
2nd September 2013 – New IPA Adventure Playgrounds Leaflet Available
Adventure Playgrounds are spaces where children are free to come and go as they like, free to play how they want and free at the point of access. In this way children’s opinions are utmost, they decide how and when they play, with who and where, and let us know whether the playground is a good place to play or not. They can choose to leave if it is not good enough for their needs.
It is vital that parents understand the ethos of adventure play and support this alternative approach to the structured and controlled environments that children spend most of their time in. To help parents and carers better understand how our adventure playgrounds are run, we have put together this short leaflet.
20th August 2013 – Islington Adventure Playgrounds Protected
In 2012 Islington saw the culmination of a two year campaign led by Islington Play Association to protect the very valuable adventure playground land from being sold or built on in the future. Following strong lobbying from the charity, all 12 playgrounds have now been designated as adventure play sites for the use of Islington's children in perpetuity.
The twelve adventure playgrounds protected are: Barnard Park, Cape, Crumbles Castle, Cornwallis, Haywards, King Henry's Walk, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, Three Corners, Timbuktu, Toffee Park and Waterside.
This amazing achievement was celebrated with a plaque at every site and promises that play will not be compromised. At Lumpy Hill, on Market Road, children celebrated with a BBQ, sports day, a Mystic Meg tent and arts & crafts.
Full details can be viewed in our press release here. The Islington Gazette also covered the good news, which you can read here:
13th August 2013 - Islington Play Association Celebrates National Playday at Paradise Park
Last Wednesday 7th August, hundreds of children and their families descended on Paradise Park to celebrate National Playday in Islington. All twelve of Islington’s adventure playgrounds worked together to run an exciting treasure trove of different activities and play across Paradise Park. Children and their families played across the park all day, and visitors from NCB, KIDS, the council, the police, Arsenal, Family Action, Paradise Park Children's Centre and the fire service also joined in the fun. Fun and games on the day included cardboard city building, water play, go kart building, BMX bike riding, launching water bottle rockets, bag printing, giant bubble blowing and candle making.
Photo: Cardboard city building at Paradise Park.
Playday is an event and campaign coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. Now in its 26th year, Playday is the biggest play sector event in the UK. On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. As well as being a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.
Anita Grant, Director of Islington Play Association, commented, “These days health and safety concerns often stop parents from encouraging their children to play outside. But we must remember that play forms an important part of children’s lives and is vital to their growth and development.”
“Islington’s Playday celebration was a huge success, as children and their families flocked from all over the borough to celebrate and play. On behalf of all the organisations involved, I would like to thank everyone who came down to Paradise Park to celebrate with us, and all the staff and volunteers who helped make it possible.”
For more information about National Play Day, visit http://www.playday.org.uk/.
Did you join us for National Playday? If you would like to share your thoughts and/or photos of the event, you can email them to us on firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @IslingtonPlay or leave a message on our Islington Play Association Facebook page.
18th February 2013: Islington Play to deliver risk-benefit training to Islington organisations alongside Play England
In the next financial year, Islington Play will be working alongside Play England to deliver training to Islington organisations on risk-benefit.
Islington council recently adopted a new policy about play - Managing Risk in Play Provision. It commits the council to providing unique, exciting and adventurous play opportunities for children and young people in parks, adventure playgrounds and on housing estates.
In part this means providing play opportunities which allow children to test their abilities in challenging and stimulating play spaces, while also recognising that inevitably there will be some risk of injury - as in life in general. When assessing the risks associated with play opportunities the policy advocates that workers need to consider both the benefits and risks of an activity. This training, which will be running throughout the year, will help you make judgements about benefits and risks.
The training is free.
For more information on the policy visit www.islington.gov.uk/riskinplay
15th February 2013: Islington Play Association set to run Islington's 6 voluntary-sector adventure playgrounds from April 2013
Children's playgrounds are to stay open longer, thanks to improvements planned by IPA.
IPA recently won the contract to run Islington's six voluntary-sector adventure playgrounds - Toffee Park, Lumpy Hill, Martin Luther King, Timbuktu, Crumbles Castle and Hayward.
Under the new IPA scheme, which starts in April 2013, the playgrounds will provide extra play time for the children of Islington. Other improvements planned include getting rid of charging.
See the full press release here.
21st October 2012: Islington Play's Nature work recognised
Islington Play Association was funded to deliver a £150k nature play programme in Islington in 2010. The project has been such a success that the Big Lottery and Natural England have now agreed to fund a further entire year!!
Anita Grant, Director of Islington Play Association, said:
The current project has created nature reserves on existing adventure playgrounds, and the extended project will see this sustained as well as many more organisations and parks getting the benefits. A nature play network will be developed so that skills, ideas and resources can be shared across the borough, benefitting many more children in Islington. Keep a look out for Islington Play's events and playdays all advertised on our website.
For any more information please contact Anita Grant on 020 7607 9637 or 07507 892 030.
Text donation: text PLAY40 £5 to 70070 to donate now!
24th July 2012: Play Festival 21st August, 11am - 4pm in Paradise Park
A fun day of inexpensive retro play featuring races such as the egg and spoon, the sack race and three legged race, big team games, face painting, penalty shootout, bubbles, den building with wood and tools and a whole lot more. Bring your lunch and join us for a big picnic!
16th July 2012: Islington Playday 1st August, 11am - 4pm in Paradise Park
5th July 2012: Oasis Aventure Playground Summer Party 14th July
15th June 2012: Playgrounds protected in perpetuity
Children from Toffee Park Adventure Playground celebrating their new clay oven built with IPA's Nature Project Worker just in time for the Jubilee
Islington Play has released the following press release:
Islington Play Association has spearheaded a campaign to provide protection for the land that children can play on in Islington.
It has now been agreed by Islington Council's executive to adopt a legal covenant called a deed of dedication to ensure that the 12 adventure playground sites cannot be built on or sold.
Islington has the second least amount of green space per head in London with more than 75% of children living without access to a garden.
Anita Grant, Director of Islington Play Association, said: "We have been campaigning for this protection for over two years.
"We have had loads of support from parents, the council, people working in the borough, the community and also from the City Bridge Trust because everyone recognises the importance of excellent play opportunities for the children of Islington.
"This is a great step for Play in Islington and a model for the rest of the country too."
In a letter to IPA, Islington Council's director of strategy and commissioning (Children's Services), Thanos Morphitis, said: "Thanks to the IPA for your work on securing the land for adventure play. You put this issue firmly on the agenda."
For any more information please contact Anita Grant on 020 7607 9637 or 07507 892 030.
Text donation: text PLAY40 £5 to 70070 to donate now!
London Play, supported by Islington Play Association, are holding the 2012 All-London Go-Kart Grand Prix at Highbury Fields on Saturday 23rd June, 11am - 4pm.
10 teams will have four hours to build a Go-Kart from scratch to race in the Grand Prix. If your adventure playground, youth club or school is up for the challenge and a chance to win a trophy, get an action pack at email@example.com
The event will begin at 11:00am with a four hour go-kart building workshop. The racing will start at 3:00pm and at 3:45pm there will be an award ceremony. These times may alter but not by much.
You are invited to join us for drinks
A private view of thought provoking images and objects from children's play during Islington Play's Tree House Project, providing an opportunity to discuss, question and understand the importance and value of Free Play in the lives of children.
This event will launch our new book
IPA's Children's Centre in Paradise Park has been rated as Good overall by Ofsted, with two features being recognised as of outstanding quality - its care and support for families and its approach to equality and diversity. The nursery based at the centre was also rated as good in Feb 2011.
The Ofsted inspector said that "Paradise Park is a vibrant and welcoming centre which exploits its unique location in a park to place itself at the heart of its community. The centre's community café and its outdoor play areas are highly valued by families... The personal testimonies from parents confirm the centre's outstanding quality of care and support. ‘I always walk out feeling ten times better than when I walked in,' was the view from one parent which reflects the views of many."
For the full Ofsted report see:
28th November 2011: Islington Play AGM 15th December 2011
Islington Play's AGM will be held on Thursday the 15th December from 6.30pm at Headrooms, St John's Path, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DD (see map).
Please do join us for a Christmas drink, our AGM and fabulous entertainment!
27th October 2011: Islington Adventure Playgrounds Win Top Awards
Toffee Park Adventure Playground wins the Adventure Playground of the Year Award!
Waterside Adventure Playground wins the Innovation Award!
Congratulations to Islington's adventure playgrounds, who secured 5 of the 12 finalist places for the London Adventure Playground of the Year.
4th October 2011: Come and dance the night away at Islington Play's 40th Birthday Bash!
Thursday 27th October 2011
Children accompanied by an adult welcome!
Please phone or email us for your free
firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7607 9637
Islington's children need the time and space to play safely. If you agree, then Islington's children need you, and Islington Play Association would like to meet you!
Do you have enthusiasm, skills, knowledge or experience to help ensure local groups working with children can grow and develop?
Come to our 'Get together' event on Wed 21st Sept 2011 from 6.30-9.00pm at Paradise Park Children's Centre, 164 Mackenzie Road, N7 8SE.
22nd August 2011: Save the Date - There will be a borough-wide community get together for play on 21 September.
Keep an eye on this page for further information on this upcoming session.
27th July 2011: Play Day 2011
Join us, the borough's 12 adventure playgrounds and many more for Islington's Play Day celebrations on Wednesday 3rd August, 11am - 4pm at Paradise Park, N7.
27th July 2011: Islington Play wins 2011 international play award!
Cardiff, July 2011: three members of Islington Play Association attended the 50th anniversary ‘Gold' conference held by the International Play Association to celebrate the unique work of play professionals and play advocates and to look back at excellent practice and innovative ideas from across the world.
IPA's Treehouse project was given an award in recognition of its implementation of article 31 of the UN convention on the Rights of the child; ‘the right to play'. The reason for this great success was that the IPA project respects and promotes the article in many different ways from encouraging children to take part in an activity that has risk, working with tools and to create an outcome that they not only have fun making but can also have fun playing with afterwards.
It is a great achievement as this is international recognition and there was much competition
Islington Play is proud to present its 2011 Summer Programme of Free Play Events, including events run in conjunction with Greenspace in the borough's parks, the weekend family play days at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground funded by Islington Giving, and festivals, fun days and more.
Please note Play Day on Wednesday 3rd August is now taking place on Paradise Park, N7 from 11am - 4pm.
The times for the Play Events in Parks are as follows:
July 11-15, 3.30-6pm Basire Street Play Park, N1
July 18-22, 3.30-6.30pm Basire Street Play Park, N1
July 28, 12.30-3.30pm Rosemary Gardens, Southgate Road, N1
August 11, 1-3pm Nightingale Park, N1
August 12, 1-3pm King Square Gardens, EC1
August 15, 1-3pm Spa Fields, Skinner Street, EC1
August 16, 1-4pm Graham Street Park, N1
5th May 2011: IPA AGM to be held on Wednesday 8th June at 6.30pm at Paradise Park Children's Centre, 164 MacKenzie Road, N7 8SE
9th April 2011: Spring Playday, 12-4pm Saturday 9th April
2nd April 2011: The Launch of the Adventure Playground Weekend Opening Pilot
Islington Play Association in partnership with Islington Giving are launching a pilot project to open adventure playgrounds at weekends at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground on Saturday 2nd April 2011 at 12pm. For more information see the Weekend Opening page or download the Weekend Opening leaflet.
1st March 2011: Join us for Islington Play's 40th Birthday Supper Quiz - 4th May
23rd February 2011: Play March
Islington Play Association and the staff and children from the voluntary sector adventure playgrounds went on a March for Play from Highbury Fields down to the Town Hall, culminating in the children storming the Town Hall.
14th December 2010: Land Trust "In Principle" Agreement
Anita Grant, Director of Islington Play, met with Eleanor Schooling, Head of Children's Services, Thanos Morphitis, Lead for Strategy and Commissioning and Richard Watts, Executive Member for Children and Young People, in a follow up meeting to the one held on 23rd September to discuss the Islington Play's proposal to establish a "Land Trust". The outcome of the meeting was that there is an "in principle" agreement for the asset transfer of the adventure playground sites to a Land trust for children.
3rd December 2010: Children's Protest at Threats to Close their Playgrounds
An exhibition of over 200 postcards from children will be on display at the Islington Town Hall from 3pm on Monday 6th December. Children at playschemes and adventure playgrounds across the borough have contributed their thoughts and feelings to show what the children will miss out on if facilities are forced to close due to government-imposed cuts in funding to pay for an economic crisis caused by banker's greed.
13th October 2010: Public Meeting to Save Play
Over 50 families came to Timbuktu Adventure Playground in a Fun Day environment to speak with local councillors, including Richard Watts the Executive Member for Children and Young People, about the importance of play in Islington and the value of adventure playgrounds.
23rd September 2010: Land Trust Proposal
Anita Grant, Director of Islington Play, met with John Foster, the Chief Executive of Islington Council, Catherine West, Leader of the Council, Richard Watts, Executive Member for Children and Young People, and Lord Chris Smith to discuss the Islington Play's proposal to establish a "Land Trust" to take over ownership of adventure playgrounds to protect sites in perpetuity from sale and commercial development. Follow up meeting set for 14th December.