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EARLY YEARS & EDUCATION

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PLAYWORKER

Level 2

Playworkers support children by helping them create their own spaces and opportunities for play. They are professionals in understanding different theories of play and playwork, effective communication and supporting children’s individual needs. As a Playworker, you could be involved in a number of different activities and responsibilities, such as setting up play areas and making sure the spaces re safe and secure, leading games, supervising children, communicating with children about their worries and building relationships with parents, carers, and other professionals.

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This Standard is Suitable For:

course summary

As a Playworker you will need to have excellent communication skills to support children and their families. You will be required to implement the organisation’s policies and procedures, reporting all difficulties and concerns to your Line Manager and have an understanding of different theories of play and Playwork, and know when and how to implement these to support children’s individual needs. You will be required to participate in all necessary training and continuing professional development, maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of play and the legal requirements for an environment where children play. You will ensure that the play area is operating to legal standards, undertaking all necessary checks on the environment and resources in order to protect the health and well-being of all children using the facilities. In addition to this you will also ensure that play spaces and activities are made accessible and equipment is adjusted where necessary for children with additional needs and/or impairments, providing opportunity for all children to reach their full play potential

Job roles are varied and according to the type of service being provided and children being supported Playworkers may work in local councils and government, charities and voluntary management committees, private companies offering After School/Breakfast/Holiday clubs and private day care nurseries.

We offer a structured training programme for those in employment who want to learn, and we work with employers to recruit apprentices seeking an apprenticeship placement

The programme typically lasts 12 months plus 3 months for End Point Assessment for those working 30+ hours a week.

What does the apprenticeship involve?

You will be taken through the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a Playworker which include:

course requirements

You will need to be aged 16 years or over and must be working or applying to work with a company that have agreed that you will be working as an apprentice for this Apprenticeship programme. A DBS will be needed in all roles within Early Years and Education.

You will undertake an Initial assessment for both Maths and English prior to enrolment and have gained a minimum requirement of Entry Level 3. If you have passed maths and English GCSE with a Grade A* to C (grade 4 or above) or Functional Key Skills at Level 1, and can evidence this with certificate/s, you will not need to take the Maths and English Functional Skills qualification within the apprenticeship programme.

how will i be assessed?

There is a variety of assessment methods, you will be expected to complete:

  • Observations of practice
  • Reflective accounts
  • Written assignments/tasks
  • Evidence gathering
  • Presentations
  • Guided discussions
  • Witness testimony

Once you have achieved your Level 2 Playworker Standard and Functional Skills, if required, you will be assessed through an End Point Assessment which will include three distinct components:

  • An observation with questions;
  • A professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence;
  • The completion of a multiple-choice test.

20% of the training will be delivered off the job and this can include simulation, online learning or training from employers, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, and support in writing assignments.

EARLY YEARS & EDUCATION

PLAYWORKER

Level 2

Untitled design (96)

Playworkers support children by helping them create their own spaces and opportunities for play. They are professionals in understanding different theories of play and playwork, effective communication and supporting children’s individual needs. As a Playworker, you could be involved in a number of different activities and responsibilities, such as setting up play areas and making sure the spaces re safe and secure, leading games, supervising children, communicating with children about their worries and building relationships with parents, carers, and other professionals.

Untitled design - 2023-07-03T140451.692

This Standard is Suitable For:

course summary

As a Playworker you will need to have excellent communication skills to support children and their families. You will be required to implement the organisation’s policies and procedures, reporting all difficulties and concerns to your Line Manager and have an understanding of different theories of play and Playwork, and know when and how to implement these to support children’s individual needs. You will be required to participate in all necessary training and continuing professional development, maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of play and the legal requirements for an environment where children play. You will ensure that the play area is operating to legal standards, undertaking all necessary checks on the environment and resources in order to protect the health and well-being of all children using the facilities. In addition to this you will also ensure that play spaces and activities are made accessible and equipment is adjusted where necessary for children with additional needs and/or impairments, providing opportunity for all children to reach their full play potential

Job roles are varied and according to the type of service being provided and children being supported Playworkers may work in local councils and government, charities and voluntary management committees, private companies offering After School/Breakfast/Holiday clubs and private day care nurseries.

We offer a structured training programme for those in employment who want to learn, and we work with employers to recruit apprentices seeking an apprenticeship placement

The programme typically lasts 12 months plus 3 months for End Point Assessment for those working 30+ hours a week.

What does the apprenticeship involve?

You will be taken through the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a Playworker which include:

course requirements

You will need to be aged 16 years or over and must be working or applying to work with a company that have agreed that you will be working as an apprentice for this Apprenticeship programme. A DBS will be needed in all roles within Early Years and Education.

You will undertake an Initial assessment for both Maths and English prior to enrolment and have gained a minimum requirement of Entry Level 3. If you have passed maths and English GCSE with a Grade A* to C (grade 4 or above) or Functional Key Skills at Level 1, and can evidence this with certificate/s, you will not need to take the Maths and English Functional Skills qualification within the apprenticeship programme.

how will i be assessed?

There is a variety of assessment methods, you will be expected to complete:

  • Observations of practice
  • Reflective accounts
  • Written assignments/tasks
  • Evidence gathering
  • Presentations
  • Guided discussions
  • Witness testimony

Once you have achieved your Level 2 Playworker Standard and Functional Skills, if required, you will be assessed through an End Point Assessment which will include three distinct components:

  • An observation with questions;
  • A professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence;
  • The completion of a multiple-choice test.

20% of the training will be delivered off the job and this can include simulation, online learning or training from employers, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, and support in writing assignments.