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Playwork Apprenticeships

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Work-Based Learning
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    Level 2 = 12 months

    Level 3 = 16 months

    There is also a Level 3 transition to playwork for those that have already gained a Level 3 child care qualification in the last 3 years.

    Transition award = maximum of 6 months

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Playwork Apprenticeships


Please contact us for further information about applying for this course.

Course Description

The Level 2 Diploma in Playwork (QCF) is aimed at staff working directly with children and young people in a setting whose main purpose is to provide children and young people with opportunities for freely chosen, self-directed play. These staff do not have full responsibility for the play environment but make a significant contribution to supporting the play environment.

It is recommended that a total of 18 hours of observation should take place, with each observation session being followed by a professional discussion.
The Level 3 is recommended for staff working in a more senior position with responsibilities over staff and activities compared to the Level 2.
The transition qualification is 3 large units and some observations and ideal for those already with a Level 3 childcare qualification (that has been obtained within the last 3 years).

Attendance of college-based 'Essential Skills Qualifications' (ESQ) may be required.

Learner Testimonial
Soley. Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Soley enrolled onto the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork in February 2021 and had achieved this in July 2022. As well as working in the Afterschool Club, Soley was also employed in a local school as a Teaching Assistant.

Soley was signed up during the pandemic, and we didn’t meet her Assessor Michele Brookwell in person until the summer of 2021. Up until then they had regular meetings via Zoom, which continued during lock down periods. Soley needed to get to grips with the Onefile electronic portfolio too, which proved challenging initially, but with perseverance and patience, Soley managed this very well.

Soley commented “This course was challenging to start with as it began during Covid, so we couldn't have any face to face meetings. However Michele kept in touch regularly and supported me through getting to grips with the course work and Onefile.

As I worked through the units, the work in clwb became more meaningful and relevant, and completing the units became easier. Thank you to Michele for her support and invaluable feedback through my journey.”

Michele commented “Soley successfully completed her Playwork L3 on time, which has been a great achievement, especially considering that she has another full time job at the school too. Soley has developed herself in her role as a senior playworker at Clwb Penmorfa. Initially, she found it a challenge applying the playwork principles, however Soley has conducted further research, and she has taken any feedback and/or suggestions on board. Soley took responsibility for the finances for the Clwb and is now working with an electronic system for fees. Recently, Soley has been conducting peer observations with other staff members, which is proving to be beneficial.

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Entry Criteria

  • Learners must be in employment in a child care setting (undertaking play activities in an afterschool club, holiday club).
  • Be contracted to a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Your employer must be able to meet the QCF criteria.
  • You must have adequate WEST (Wales Essential Skills Toolkit) results.
  • All places are subject to satisfactory interview


  • Observations, direct learning from the individual, professional discussions, and whiteness testimonies from the employer.
  • Attendance of college-based 'Essential Skills Qualifications' (ESQ) may be required.


  • Written work, observations, discussions.
  • A minimum of 18 hours of observations are needed to complete both the Level 2 and 3 qualifications.
  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence (Through the Onefile Eportfolio).


From the Level 2 it is possible to progress on to the Level 3 qualification.

(please note this qualification is a requirement by CIW (Care Inspectorate Wales) for people working within a playwork setting).

Other details

Course type: Apprenticeships

Level: 2+3

Programme Area:

  • Health & Social Care


This course is available bilingually.

Health & Social Care

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Health & Social Care

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