By Post FIS, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Evergreen Playground is an open access, free, supervised adventure playground that has been in operation since 1972.
Since 2002 the playground has incorporated a successful inclusion project within the playground. Their inclusion project is noted as being a model of good inclusive practice throughout Hackney and beyond.
Support workers are available to work 1:1 with children with a high need of support.
All activities are child centred and child led.
Evergreen is unique in Hackney and is built in just under an acre of land. Large play structures and a purpose built play building with:
- soft play room
- sports hall
- table tennis
- pool table
- table football and
- basketball facilities
...are all used for free child led play.
The natural environment at the playground gives children and young people the opportunity to socialise and create their own play.
Camp building and den making are typical of the activities enjoyed by the children all year round using the natural environment of the playground.
The diversity of the area where the playground is situated is reflected in the playground, its activities, the staff members and the children themselves.
Evergreen is committed to providing free, child led stimulating play to all children aged 5 – 15 years regardless of ethnicity, ability and social economic status.
All activities on the site have been selected by the children and encourage a celebration of difference.
Evergreen’s consistent ability to work closely with the children and community and provide a varied and exciting programme year round has been pivotal in London Play naming them “Adventure Playground of the Year 2005”.
They promote a healthy lifestyle encouraging healthy eating within cooking sessions and outdoor activities within the play site.
All activities are inclusive and are adapted to suit a child’s needs if necessary.
The nature garden consists of 2 ponds, where frogs and pond life can be discovered, a vegetable patch where the children help grow fruit and vegetables which are then used in cooking sessions
There are also quiet areas where birds and flowers can be appreciated and children can destress.
What we do…
Evergreen Adventure Playground is open all year round providing free, supervised, challenging play to all children aged 5- 15 years.
An arts and crafts room is available for free experimentation with different art mediums like clay, textiles and papier mache and structured projects are also frequently available.
People and staff…
Evergreen is fully staffed with trained play workers. They have designated support staff for children with a disability who access the site.
For disabled children to register, please contact the playground on the main contact number and ask to speak to the Inclusion Playleader, who will be happy to take you through the registration process.
Evergreen is an open access adventure playground which means that the gates are always open during play sessions.
All children need to register before being left at the playground. Registration is simple and can be done on the day of attending by a parent or carer.
All children need to bring their own snacks and a packed lunch during holiday periods as the organisation are not able to provide food.
Open times are…
Weekdays - Tuesday - Friday 4pm - 7pm
Weekend - Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Evergreen Adventure playground has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015.
See extracts from the report below.
“Children continue to make excellent progress in their development. They are excited and motivated by the extensive range of fun and stimulating activities available for them in this unique playground.
The adventure playground is an innovative and exciting environment for children. They enjoy abundant opportunities, such as den building and cave painting, to expand their imagination and develop physically and emotionally.
The highly innovative staff interactions mean children are eager and enthusiastic, for example, when they learn about the natural world and living things. In addition, their communication skills and language develop rapidly and are exceptional.
The well qualified and knowledgeable staff are totally at ease in their work and are very skilled as they understand children's needs. They seize opportunities to build on children's interests and abilities within a culture of fun and play.
Staff have excellent partnerships between parents, other professionals and local schools. This ensures a thorough and collaborative approach to identifying and meeting all children's needs, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The leadership is highly effective in driving improvement. Staff work exceptionally well together. They participate in supervision meetings and have regular training, which promotes consistent practices, such as extremely good behaviour management.”