Playwork Apprenticeships

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Bangor, Llangefni, Work-Based Learning, Caernarfon
  • Course type:
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Health, Social Care and Childcare
  • Course Length:

    Level 2 is 15 months on programme and Level 3 is 17 months on programme.

  • Bilingual:


Course Description

Playwork is the work of creating and maintaining spaces for children to play. The theory and practice of playwork recognises that children’s play should ideally be 'freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated.’

Playworkers create safe but adventuresome places for children to play. They are a watchful presence. They do not direct children’s play instead they are facilitators and supporters who observe, reflect and analyse the play that is happening and select a mode of intervention or make a change to the play space if needed, in order to extend or enable play and help children become aware of risk and challenge.

Must be working with children between the ages of 4 and 16 e.g. after-school clubs and summer play schemes.

The Playwork Apprenticeship frameworks consist of:

The Foundation Apprenticeship - for those working as assistants in after school clubs, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs. It consists of Level 2 Diploma in Playwork, as well as Essential Skills.

The Apprenticeship - for those leading in after school clubs, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs. It consists of Level 3 Diploma in Playwork, as well as Essential Skills.

Both of the above courses are free and learners must be over the age of 18 years.

Learners will need to work towards Essential Skills as part of the course, which will be delivered in a classroom situation. Some learners may already have already completed Essential Skills from previous study, therefore will not expected to re-take these qualifications.

For more information, contact the campus of your choice:

  • Rhos-on-Sea: 01492 546 666 ext. 1750
  • Rhos-on-Sea: 01492 546 666 ext. 1721
  • Bangor: 01248 370 125 ext. 7805
  • Caernarfon: 01286 673 450 ext. 5436

Entry Criteria

  • No formal qualifications are required but experience in playwork is desirable.
  • Apprentices must have an employer who can cover the QCF Playwork criteria.

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


  • The majority of training is provided in the workplace
  • Attendance of college-based 'Essential Skills Qualifications' (ESQ) will be required
  • Theory sessions will also be offered in college


  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence (preferably electronic)
  • The competenancy units will be a mixture of knowledge, understanding and skills which means that some part of the qualification will be directly observed by the Assessor, in order to see the learner's practice in the workplace.
  • Completion of ESQs in communication and application of number will be required.


From Foundation Apprenticeship Level 2 to an Apprenticeship Level 3. Apprenticeship Level 3 can go on to Degree level.

Would you like to apply for this course?

For Apprenticeship courses, you need to contact Busnes@LlandrilloMenai on 08445 460 460 or send an email to