London play networks
You might not realise it, but there are lots of people in London busily planning, designing, building, supporting, promoting, protecting, defending and delivering opportunities for children’s play. Our network groups enable them to swop ideas and learn from one another and even get together occasionally.
London Play Association Network (PAN)
Some London boroughs are lucky enough to have their own play association to promote and support play locally. They are voluntary organisations, often thin on resources but big on enthusiasm, and London Play works closely with them whenever possible. We also host the Play Association Network (PAN London), now a virtual network which offers members a chance to share their triumphs, trials and tribulations.
London Adventure Playground Network (LAPN)
As anyone who has ever visited one of London’s 90 or so adventure playgrounds knows, they are truly unique and magical places – providing the capital’s children with the chance to play freely, be themselves, make friends, try things out and take on new challenges. This network provides the people and staff that create the conditions for this magic to unfold with a forum for discussion, debate and sharing of adventure play morsels.
Play Strategy Group
With the recent radical downsizing of local authority play departments, play strategists are thinner on the ground these days. But there is no need for them to feel isolated in their respective boroughs; this group enables them to come together to debate the hot topics in play – virtually, over email or face to face, over coffee and croissants: “What is the policy on risk benefit in play in your area?” “How do you make the case for play to budget holders and decision makers?” “How do you commission play services?”