Level 2 Diploma in Playwork

Course Information

  • Course Code: TTG042
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: NCFE

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Who is the course for?

All those who wish to work in a supervised role in a wide range of Playwork environments.

You must have a current, CRB certificate, have a placement or employment in a real work environment for a minimum of 10 hours per week. You must also have good levels of literacy and numeracy.

What are the benefits to the employee?

Employees will benefit from:

  • A clearer understanding of their responsibility within the organisation
  • The opportunity to develop new skills
  • The recognition of existing skills
What will I study?

These qualifications are an introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to16 in play environments. They provide an understanding of the importance of play and playwork in children and young people’s lives.

The Award and Certificate are mainly knowledge based, with a limited amount of practical application in the playwork environment. The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision and requires the learner to demonstrate the full application of these in the workplace.

The Award will require the learner to complete 10 credits in total.

The Certificate will require 25 credits and the Diploma 61.

Credits from the Award can be carried over and counted towards the Certificate and from the Certificate to the Diploma.

There are a range of topics that you will cover on the qualification these include:

  • An introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people in a play environment
  • Playwork principles
  • Supporting children and young people’s play
  • Health and safety in the play environment
  • Improve own practice and the work of the Playwork team
  • Work with children and young people to create play spaces and support freely chosen self-directed play
How will I be assessed?

You are assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence that supports your ability and competence to work with children and young people. Each learner will be assigned an experienced, qualified assessor to assess competency in the real work environment using methods of direct observation, verbal questioning, case studies and workbooks.

Where will the training be delivered?

At the candidate’s workplace and at Blackburn College.

The course is covered in a series of workshops where the underpinning knowledge evidence needed for the various units is covered. These workshops take place on a rolling programme and are available at different times throughout the year. The course can take between 7 – 10 months to complete.

What can I do next?

This Level 2 qualification provides opportunities for progression to further study of the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Specific job roles may include:

  • Hospital playwork assistant
  • Assistant playworker in a children’s holiday club
  • After-school club playwork assistant
  • Adventure centre assistant
  • Soft Play area assistant
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