Organisation and objectives

Haringey Play Association supports children & young people’s right to play through building the capacity of Haringey’s community at grass roots and local governmental level to deliver high quality play services.

HarPA will do this by:

1. Developing and supporting a diverse range of children & young people’s play provision committed to improving the quality of play experience in Haringey

2. Supporting play providers through representing their interests, providing advice, information, training and promoting inter-agency communication and cooperation

3. Giving a powerful voice to children’s play, raising awareness and understanding of the fundamental importance of play in a child & young person’s life

Statement of Purpose

Haringey Play Association wants every child & young person to have high quality, cost effective and accessible play opportunities and care services which are monitored and evaluated.

HarPA recognises that play is an essential part of the education, development and welfare of children. It is committed to improving the quality of the play experience wherever it occurs: on the streets, in play-schemes, play centres, after school clubs,parks, housing estates, in leisure facilities, on residential holidays and camping trips, in schools and hospitals.

HarPA will work to create and support play opportunities that are stimulating andchallenging. HarPA is committed to playing its full part in protecting children & young people from injury, bullying and abuse.

HarPA will work towards ensuring equality of access to play so that no child is denied play opportunities because of inability to pay fees, failure to include children & young people with disabilities, children & young people with health problems, or children & young people from new communities.

HarPA will work to support positive transitions at every stage of children & young people’s development to help enhance their life chances.

To achieve these aims, HarPA will explore new ways of working in partnership with play service providers, including Haringey Council, other statutory agencies and community, voluntary organisations and private sector. HarPA will attempt to link up with a wide range of existing networks to improve information sharing, coordination of services and to maximise the impact of available skills and expertise.