Foreword by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London VI

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The process is being led by a small steering group consisting of the Head of Access and Inclusion in Education, the Head of Leisure, and the Director of Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH) with support from London Play, reporting to the Children and Young People’s Partnership Board and ultimately to the Local Strategic Partnership.

A wider working group with representatives from the voluntary and community sector, youth service, housing, planning, parks, the environment trust and extended schools have developed a widely scoped draft strategy covering play in the home, in good quality play provision near home, and in the wider public realm for children aged up to 18.

The working group agreed that there needed to be additional focus on:

• clear links to the Every Child Matters outcomes and the Children and Young People’s Plan as well as the OSS

• the need to promote the value of play to families and communities

• ensuring that the strategy was ‘real’ at neighbourhood as well as strategic level through engaging Local Area Partnerships

• quick and tangible outcomes for children and others consulted during development of the strategy, and avoidance of ‘consultation fatigue’

• an urgent need (in the context of The London Plan housing target) to embed the play strategy in planning and development control guidance in the Unitary Development Plan/Local Development Framework.

Good practice examples include:

• the PATH children’s consultation exercise resulting in a borough map
of play spaces distributed to children, with consideration being
given to overlaying a new edition with public transport routes

• the borough is also considering a ‘homework-free week’ when children in schools complete a play strategy questionnaire as part of the citizenship element of the national curriculum, with prizes of free leisure passes as an additional incentive

• the corporate management team is kept aware of developments to ensure that the strategy fits with council priorities.

London Borough of Croydon

Prior to the drafting of this guide, London Play assisted the London Borough of Croydon in preparing its play strategy.

A dedicated play strategy development officer was appointed, who co-ordinated a steering group including representatives from:

• Cultural Services

• Education

• Housing

• Chief Executive’s Office

• Planning and Transportation

• Social Services

• Primary Care Trust

• Voluntary Play Sector

• Youth Service

• Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership

• London Play

The audit divided play space into unsupervised and supervised play provision and included unsupervised playgrounds, multi-games courts, skate ramps, youth shelters and supervised after-school clubs, holiday clubs, youth centres, mobile play, organised sports and libraries. The consultation identified young people’s concerns about the lack of choice, a shortage of supervised open access provision, and limited opportunities for disabled children.

The Croydon Play Strategy was launched in November 2003 with a three-year action plan aimed at raising awareness and developing a cohesive approach involving partnerships across the borough to identify resources and stimulate the creation of new play projects.

Appendix D

Play types

Play type Explanation

1 Symbolic play Play which allows control, gradual exploration and increased understanding, without the risk of being out of one’s depth.

2 Rough-and-tumble play Close encounter play which is less to do with fighting and more to do with touching, tickling, gauging relative strength, discovering physical flexibility and the exhilaration of display. For example, playful fighting, wrestling and chasing.

3 Socio-dramatic play The enactment of real and potential experiences of an intense personal, social, domestic or interpersonal nature. For example, playing at house, going to the shops, being mothers and fathers.

4 Social play Play during which the rules and criteria for social engagement and interaction can be revealed, explored and amended. For example, any social or interactive situation with abiding rules or protocols, such as games or conversations.

5 Creative play Play allowing a new response, the transformation of information, awareness of new connections, with an element of surprise. For example, enjoying creation for its own sake, with a range of materials and tools.

6 Communication play Play using words, nuances or gestures. For example, mime, jokes, play-acting, mickey-taking, singing, debate, poetry.

7 Dramatic play Play dramatising events in which the child is not a direct participant. For example, presentation of a TV show, an event on the street, a religious or festive event, even a funeral.

8 Deep play Play which allows the child to encounter risky or even potentially life-threatening experiences, to develop survival skills and conquer fear. For example, leaping onto an aerial runway or riding a bike on a parapet.

9 Exploratory play Play to access factual information consisting of manipulative behaviours such as handling, throwing, banging or mouthing objects. For example, engaging with an object or area and, either by manipulation or movement, assessing its properties, possibilities and content, such as stacking bricks.

10 Fantasy play Play which rearranges the world in the child’s way, a way which is unlikely to occur. For example, playing at being a pilot flying around the world or the owner of an expensive car.

11 Imaginative play Play where the conventional rules governing the physical world do not apply. For example, pretending to be a tree or ship, or patting an imaginary dog.

12 Locomotor play Movement in any and every direction for its own sake. For example, chase, tag, hide and seek, tree climbing.

13 Mastery play Control of the physical and affective ingredients of the environments. For example, digging holes, changing the course of streams, constructing shelters, building fires.

14 Object play Play which uses infinite and interesting sequences of hand-eye manipulations and movements. For example, examination and novel use of any object, such as cloth, paintbrush, cup.

15 Role play Play exploring ways of being, although not normally of an intense personal, social, domestic or interpersonal nature. For example, brushing with a broom, dialling a telephone, driving a car.

Adapted from Hughes, A Playworker’s Taxonomy of Play Types, 1996, as cited in Best Play: What play provision should do for children, PLAYLINK, NPFA and the Children’s Play Council, 2001

Appendix E

Play agencies and other useful sources of information

Londonwide play organisations

KIDS London (incorporating Kidsactive playgrounds)

49 Mecklenburgh Square

London WC1 2NY

London Centre for Playwork Education

Block D, Barnsbury Complex

Offord Road, London N1 1TH

020 7527 5824

London Play

89­–93 Fonthill Road

Finsbury Park

London N4 3JH

020 7272 2464

London borough play associations

Barnet Play Association

Old Barn Youth and Community Centre, Tarling Road

East Finchley, London N2 8LB

020 8343 1449

Enfield Children and Young Person’s Services (incorporating Enfield Play Association)

Unit 9, Centre Way

Claverings Industrial Estate,

Montagu Road

London N9 OAP

020 8373 2699

Hackney Play Association

All Saints Centre, Haggerston Road, London E8 4HT

020 7923 7897

Hammersmith and Fulham Voluntary Sector Resource Agency

1 Gayford Road London W12 9BY

020 8762 0862

Haringey Play Association

N17 Studios, Unit 22 F
784–788 High Road, Tottenham
London N17 ODA

020 8808 0533

Islington Play Association

West Library

Bridgeman Road
London N1 1BD

020 7607 9637

Lambeth Play Association

205 Stockwell Road

London SW2 9SL

020 7771 2111

Merton Voluntary Service Council

The Vestry Hall,
London Road

Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3UD

020 8685 1771

PATH (Play Association
Tower Hamlets)

Oxford House
Derbyshire Street

London E2 6HG

020 7729 3306

Southwark Play Network

Southwark Children and Families Alliance, 32–36 Rye Lane

London SE15 5BS

020 7639 9807

Sutton Centre for Voluntary Service

Unilink House
21 Lewis Road
Sutton, Surrey SM1 4BR

020 8643 3277

West Play

(Hounslow Play Association)

c/o Sue Coates at London Play (address as above)

020 7272 8782

Westminster Play Association

18 Paddington Green

London W2 1LG

020 7258 3817

National play organisations


3 Muirfield Crescent

London E14

020 7512 2112

Children’s Play Information Service

National Children’s Bureau

8 Wakley Street, London


020 7843 6303

The Children’s Play Council

8 Wakley Street
London EC1V 7QE

020 7843 6016

Fair Play for Children

35 Lyon Street
Bognor Regis

PO21 1YZ

0845 3307635

Kidsactive National Development Division

Aztec Row, Berners Road

London N1 OPW

020 7359 3073

National Association of
Toy and Leisure Libraries

68 Churchway, London


020 7387 9592

020 7520 0405

National Playbus

AMS House
Whitby Road,

Bristol BS4 3QF

0117 977 5375

The National Playing Fields Association

Stanley House
St Chad’s Place

London WC1X 9HH

020 7833 5360


31 Farm Road

Birmingham B11 1LS

0121 766 8889

Skills Active Play Unit

Castlewood House

77–91 New Oxford Street

London WC1A 1PX

020 7632 2000

Other London


3rd Sector Alliance

356 Holloway Road

London N7

020 7700 8107

Association of London Government

591/2 Southwark Street

London SE1 0AL

020 7934 9999

Corporation of London

Open Spaces Department

PO Box 270, Guildhall

London EC2P 2EJ

Government Office for London

Riverwalk House
157–161 Millbank

London SW1P 4RR

020 7217 3328

Groundwork UK regional office, London

18–21 Morley Street

London SE1 7QZ

020 7922 1230

London Parks and Green Spaces Forum

Pp 19b City Hall

The Queen’s Walk

London SE1 2AA

London Playing Fields Association

Framer House

29 Albermarle Street

London W1X 3FA

London Voluntary Services Council

356 Holloway Road

London N7 6PA

020 7700 8107

London Youth

Bridge House, Bridge House Quay, Prestons Road

London E14 9QA

020 7537 2777

Planning Aid for London

Unit 2, 11–29 Fashion Street

London E1 6PX

020 7247 4900

The Royal Parks Agency

The Old Police House
Hyde Park

London W2 2UH

020 7298 2000

Other national



Tanners Lane
Barkingside, Ilford

Essex IG6 1QG

020 8498 7589

Building Futures

RIBA, 66 Portland Place

London W1B 1AD

020 7307 3620

CABE Space

The Tower Building
1 York Road

London SE1 7NX

020 7960 2400

Centre for Accessible Environments

Nutmeg House

60 Gainsford Street

London SE1 2NY

020 7357 8182

The Child Accident Prevention Trust

18–20 Farringdon Lane

London EC1R 3HA

020 7608 3828

The Children’s Society

Edward Rudolf House

Margery Street
London WC1X 0JL

0845 300 1128


Caversham Court

Church Road

Reading RG4 7AD

0118 946 9060

Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM)

ILAM House

Lower Basildon

Reading, Berks RG8 9NE

0870 845 8475

Learning through Landscapes

3rd Floor, Southside Offices

The Law Courts, Winchester

SO23 9DL

01962 846258

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