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Playworkers support children and young people to create their own spaces and opportunities for play.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

27 to 29 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends

How to become

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How to become a playworker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • applying directly


You could prepare for this job by doing a qualification like:

  • Level 2 Award in Outdoor Play and Learning
  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development
  • T Level in Education and Childcare

A first aid certificate will also be useful.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

More Information


You can start as a playgroup assistant and get qualifications while you work.


You can volunteer with a playgroup to build up your experience of working with children. This can often lead into paid work.

Direct Application

You can apply for a playwork job if you're already a qualified childcare worker. You can also do the Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork qualification to help with this.

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Further information

You'll find more details on working in childcare from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You'll need to have a positive attitude towards children and enjoy working with them.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day work you may:

  • provide and set up play areas, materials and equipment
  • lead games and supervise children
  • give out refreshments
  • talk to children about their concerns or worries
  • deal with injuries and emergencies
  • build relationships with parents, carers, and professionals
  • keep records and do admin tasks
  • make sure the play space is healthy, safe and secure

Working environment

You could work in the community or at a school.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and training, you could work for a local authority as a playwork development officer, supervisor or become a manager, or move into a school as a teaching assistant.

You could also be self-employed and set up your own after-school club or childcare project.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

FdA Young Children's Learning and Development Year 1

  • Provider: CRAVEN COLLEGE
  • Start date: 26 September 2023
  • Location: SKIPTON

Fitness for Over 50's

  • Provider: Morley College
  • Start date: 27 April 2023
  • Location: London

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