Playworkers > Playworker
Social care | Teaching and education
Playworkers support children and young people to create their own spaces and opportunities for play.
£12,000 Starter - £30,000 Experienced
27 to 29 variable (evenings / weekends)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college courseworking towards this rolevolunteeringapplying directly
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
- T Level in Education
- A first aid certificate might also be useful
You may need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course or T Level.
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.
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.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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 pass enhanced background checks.
You'll need to have a positive attitude towards children and enjoy working with them.
What you’ll do
In your day-to-day work you may:
- provide and set up play areas, materials and equipment
- 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 look after petty cash
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, 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.