Playworker apprenticeship

Care for and support children, creating a stimulating and adventurous space for children to learn and explore

As a playworker, you’ll care for and support children in taking responsibility for themselves and their own playing whilst creating a stimulating and adventurous space for children to learn and explore in their own way. The focus of all play settings is on child-directed and child-controlled play, with playworkers planning for and providing an ever-changing environment that allows children to choose what and how they play. During your work day, you’ll need to observe and monitor this play for children’s development, engagement and safety, both physical and emotional. You’ll have excellent communication skills to support children and their families and, depending on your work setting, you may also interact with a range of people in the public and professional community. This occupation is found in a range of play settings, typical employers can include local councils and government, charities and voluntary management committees, private companies offering after school/breakfast/holiday clubs and private day care nurseries.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for a play worker apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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