Outside body

Oxfordshire Play Association


Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) was established as a charity in 1974. For over 40 years, OPA has been one of the lead organisations in Oxfordshire to promote high quality play opportunities across the county for all children and young people aged 0 – 16 years.

OPA’s mission is to champion and to support the rights of all children and young people to have access to high quality inclusive play opportunities.

Purpose and Values
In support of OPA’s mission, emphasis is placed on:
Promoting the importance of play in the lives of children and young people
Promoting an understanding of play and playwork values
Identifying the needs of children and young people in play environments and working positively towards fulfilling these needs
Acting as a voice for play leaders and playworkers
Promoting and supporting the need for a qualified playwork workforce
Providing a range of services to support the creation of high-quality, inclusive playwork settings
Support policy makers in making decisions that impact positively on play
Provide representation on partnerships and agencies that influence play.


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