Playing Out

This Year's Playing Out Stats

Number of children who attended this year

How many families we have worked

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What Is Playing Out?

Our flagship playscheme travels the Island bringing the very best play opportunities to local parks, school playgrounds and glens.

Armed with a van full of resources including ropes, sheets, go-karts, scooters, nets, pipes, old tyres, pots and pans, bows and arrows and many other new and reclaimed; our trained playworkers help thousands of children every year build swings, waterslides, ziplines and dens… the only limit is the child’s imagination!

We whole heartedly believe that Play is for everyone.  Our unique approach allows children of all ages and abilities to create and play together, and whilst some venues are easier to access than others we will always do our best to make sure that everyone is welcome.

Sessions run twice a day and we operate an open access policy, meaning children are free to come and go as they please; though they should be signed in by a parent/guardian for reasons of safeguarding.

PlayingOut is supported by Manx Gas and is free to access!  Donations are accepted and will help us secure Isle of Play as a regular feature in the lives of the islands children for years to come.

Our Ethics

Here at Isle of Play we proudly adopt the Playwork Principles. These Principles establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork and as such must be regarded as a whole. They describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people. They are based on the recognition that children and young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities.

Playwork Principles in full (Click to Expand)

1. All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

2. Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.

3. The prime focus and essence of playwork is to support and facilitate the play process and this should inform the development of play policy, strategy, training and education.

4. For playworkers, the play process takes precedence and playworkers act as advocates for play when engaging with adult led agendas.

5. The role of the playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.

6. The playworker’s response to children and young people playing is based on a sound up to date knowledge of the play process, and reflective practice.

7. Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of children and young people’s play on the playworker.

8. Playworkers choose an intervention style that enables children and young people to extend their play. All playworker intervention must balance risk with the developmental benefit and wellbeing of children.

This Year's Playing Out Stats

Number of children who attended this year

How many families we have worked

How many locations we visit