About Us

Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA) is a charity launched in 1971 to provide play opportunities for children.  As the infrastructure of the new town of Milton Keynes was being developed it became clear that the new housing estates being developed had limited facilities for children’s play.  Our founders were a group of determined parents from an estate who came together to organise play activities for their own children and others.  This initiative grew and eventually became Milton Keynes Play Association.  

50 years on, MKPA has grown and evolved into a charity which continues to provide play to children in the area along with hire of play equipment, a scrap store, craft shop, training for teachers, carers and parents. 

The Core Values of MKPA are:

  • Being child-centred – valuing the quality of life that children can create for themselves.  
  • Providing advocacy – advocating for self-directed play and learning.
  • Innovative – being prepared to embrace new play practice and promote leading edge ideas.  
  • Enabling change – effecting change to other people’s practice through our own.  We work with partners who share our values and are committed to providing high- quality play opportunities to children and families across Milton Keynes and surrounding  areas.  

We work with partners who share our values and are committed to providing high-quality play opportunities to children and families across Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.