4964-02 Diploma (NVQ) Playwork Level 2

This is a QCF qualification. It will enable you to develop confidence and competence in working with young people aged 4-16. It is expected that you will be supervised, a playworker whether voluntary or employed.

It will provide an understanding of play and playwork through exploring playwork theory, particularly the playwork principles and reflecting on practice.


Provide the minimum qualification required to to work as a playworker, under supervision.

Provide valuable knowledge and training to support students in gaining this level 2 qualification which is recognised by Ofsted.

Sometimes we will provide learning 1:1, ideally we will support you with 12 teaching sessions, followed by monthly support sessions until your completion.  A good amount of the course will involve assessment in the workplace, when your assessor will observe your practice in the workplace. You may already have a placement, if not we can help you find a placement. Those who attend training complete faster. Approx. one year (roll-on / roll-off) programme available. This will include a mandatory First Aid & Safeguarding Course.


4964-03 Diploma (NVQ) Playwork Level 3

A QCF qualification. This provides playworkers with a Nationally recognised qualification as a Supervisor in a playsetting. Playworkers/ Supervisors need to be working at a Supervisory level or have significant access to opportunities to work in a senior, co-ordinating or supervisory role. Ideally candidates will have achieved their Level 2 in Playwork, except under exceptional circumstances.  Some students are given 1:1 teaching / support but we will also supply 12 taught sessions with monthly support sessions until completion of the award. Your assessor will visit you in your workplace to observe and assess competence. Sessions are optional but we do find that those who attend classes complete faster.


4964-30 Transitional Modules in Playwork for Early Years Workers

Level 3

This is for Early Years Practitioners who already have a Level 3 in Early Years. You will study to achieve two “add-on” units which will bolt onto your Early Years qualification and qualify you as a Playworker at Level 3. You will be asked to find a placement / playsetting to observe playwork practice but the award consists of assignments, reflective accounts linking playwork theory to practice.  8 day sessions or 16 evening sessions. It is possible to complete this award in 3 months but generally 6 months is average.


Level 5 Diploma in Playwork

The Level 5 Diploma is ideal for those playwork practitioners who have not yet been involved in academic research / writing.  It is ideal for those who have achieved Level 3 but want to step up into a more senior role.


Tutor : Jacky Webb / Pam Perry.

Awarding Body : City & Guilds.


Cost :  £1600 (paid in advance  )  - £1700  (instalments) – or for those working in Brighton, you may be lucky enough to win a bursary of £1300 + £300 (candidate contribution). To apply for a bursary, go to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/childcaretraining


Duration : 1-2 years.


Assessment : Through e-portfolio & assignments, based on your management role in your workplace. Suitable for Managers or Supervisors seeking to achieve a more senior role in their Playwork Setting. You must be over 18 years of age & have achieved Level 3 in the field (if you are a strong Level 2 you might also be considered).


Group Tutor Sessions & Support :  Monthly.


Distance Learning materials available. Key Strength : 1:1 mentoring from your assessor. Once funding is confirmed you will be invited for interview.


Contact Jacky Webb 07885362008 or jacky_webb@hotmail.com for further details.




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.


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 well being 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 will being of children.



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