Playworker

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

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter

to

£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
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

College

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

  • Level 2 Award in Outdoor Play Practice
  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 3 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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Apprenticeship

You could complete an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in playwork.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

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

Volunteering and experience

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

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

Play Worker Apprentice

  • Wage : £97.88 - £184.73 Weekly
  • Location: Sale M33 5QW

Level 2 Playwork Apprentice

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Wigan WN1 1RU

Courses In England

Playwork Apprenticeship (Intermediate, Advanced Level 3)

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

Level 3 in Playwork

  • Provider: ASHTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 April 2019
  • Location: ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE

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