IPA Canada


International Play Association (Canada)
"Promoting the Child's Right to Play"

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The IPA International Site

www.ipaworld.org

Member Links

IPA has members in almost fifty countries. Some countries have well-organized national IPA branches with their own forms of communication. Following are countries which operate their own websites, some in conjunction with other national organizations.

ARGENTINA www.ipaargentina.org.ar
AUSTRALIA www.prav.asn.au
CANADA www.ipacanada.org
GERMANY www.ipa-germany.de
IRELAND www.playireland.ie
JAPAN www.ipa-japan.org
SCOTLAND www.ipascotland.org.uk
UK (EWNI) www.ipa-ewni.org.uk
USA www.ipausa.org

Other Important Links

Here are some websites which offer good material in relation to children's play. We welcome further suggestions at chair(at)ipacanada(dot)org. Please provide a short description of a recommended site.

Natural Learning Initiatives

The critical role of the natural world in education has been emphasized by every educational philosopher of the 20th century. Nature supports a healthy childhood, prosocial values, and motivates learning across all subject areas. Understanding nature's processes and their interdependence with human life is a critical educational task for creating an ecologically sustainable society. From early childhood, through the school years, into higher education, we all need to collaborate on this essential mission for the 21st century.

The Natural Learning Initiative is a research and extension program of the School of Design, North Carolina State University.

www.naturalearning.org

www.evergreen.ca

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

IICRD was established in 1994 to work toward establishing a culture of children's rights throughout the world. The organization believes that strengthening the links between children, their families, communities, culture, environment and broader civil society within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the key to supporting the full, healthy development of children and societies.

Main site:www.uvic.ca/iicrd

Play Wales

This is the site for the National Organization for Children's Play in Wales. Its main aim is to increase awareness and understanding of the critical importance of play in children's development.

www.playwales.org.uk

Children’s Play Council (England)

CPC is a campaigning and research organization, promoting children's play. It is an alliance of national and regional voluntary organizations, local authorities and partnerships.

www.ncb.org.uk/cpc

PlayBoard: Working for the Child's Right to Play (N. Ireland)

PlayBoard is the lead agency for children's play in Northern Ireland which works to improve the quality of children's lives by increasing their opportunity to play.

www.playboard.co.uk

The Association for the Study of Play (TASP)

TASP promotes research in the study of play and disseminates information through publications and conferences.

www.csuchico.edu/phed/tasp

Right to Play (Olympic Aid)

This organization was formed in 1992 to give support to children in war torn countries and areas of distress. In addition to its child development programs, Right to Play is established as a force in international advocacy on behalf of every child's right to play, and is actively involved in research and policy development in this area. Their vision is to engage leaders on all sides of sport, business and media to ensure children's right to play.

www.righttoplay.com

Association of Play Industries

The Association of Play Industries is the lead trade body within the play sector representing the interests of the manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safer surfacing. Founded in 1984 it represents approximately 85% of the market with over 60 members.

www.api-play.org

USEFUL LINKS TO OTHER PLAY-RELATED SITES

STREETPLAY

An interesting site which contains rule sheets for street games, with concern for play in the urban environment including playgrounds, walls, and streets.

www.streetplay.com

PLAYLINK

Works with local organizations who want to create play opportunities for children and youth. Contains policy, publications and links.

www.playlink.org.uk

THE SOCIETY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF B.C.

Core function is to ensure a "child/youth best interest lens" applied to the development of policies affecting young people. Has a play and recreation section under "Publications."

www.scyofbc.org

ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL

Position Paper -

www.acei.org

Play: Essential for All Children

Joan Packer Isenberg
Nancy Quisenberry

www.acei.org

Click on "Books" on ACEI Home Page

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN

Promoting excellence in early childhood education, this site lists articles on play issues in various settings.

www.naeyc.org

EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

A peer-reviewed electronic journal by the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois.

www.ecrp.uiuc.edu

The IPA International Site ( www.ipaworld.org ) lists many other potentially useful sites; included are:

CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH GROUP (CERG)

This group provides an important link between university scholarship and the development of design, policy and programs that both improve the quality of environments for children and enhance children's interaction with them. It is a branch of the Center for Human Environments, City University of New York.
The excellent Journal "Children's Environments" (published through the seventies and eighties) has re-emerged in electronic form with the title "Children, Youth and Environments".

www.cerg1.org

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)

UNICEF is the branch of the United Nations that focuses on child and youth issues around the world.

www.unicef.org

THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF PLAY (TASP)

TASP promotes research in the study of play and disseminates information through publications and conferences.

www.csuchico.edu/phed/tasp

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