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

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

27 to 29 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends

How to become a Playworker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


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

  • Level 2 Award in Outdoor Play Practice
  • Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development

A first aid certificate might also be useful.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

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

Volunteering and experience

You'll find it useful if you have some related experience, either paid or as a volunteer.

Direct application

If you're already a qualified childcare worker, you could take the Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork.

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Further information

You'll find more details about playwork and qualifications from SkillsActive and Council for Awards in Care, Health & Education (CACHE).

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
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day work may include:

  • providing and setting up play areas, materials and equipment
  • giving out refreshments
  • talking to children about their concerns or worries
  • dealing with injuries and emergencies
  • building relationships with parents, carers, and professionals
  • keeping records and looking after petty cash

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

With experience and training, you could work for a local authority as a playwork development officer or become a manager.

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

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Playworker Apprentice

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Coventry CV5 9NG

After School Club & Playworker Apprentice

  • Wage : £120.25 Weekly
  • Location: Sevenoaks TN13 2AS

Courses In England

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