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Child Care & Playwork

Playwork Course

Suitable for those working in a Childcare environment;  Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development is suitable for those working with children under the age of eight and NHS children’s services aged 0-19. Playwork is suitable for those working with 4-16-year olds such as an after-school club, adventure playground or play scheme.  

We offer Apprenticeships at Level 2 & 3 and Higher apprenticeships at Level 4 & 5;

  • Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development
  • Level 2 Playwork
  • Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development
  • Level 3 Playwork
  • Level 4 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development
  • Level 5 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development
  • Level 5 Playwork

Upon completion of a Higher Apprenticeship (equivalent to HNC or HND), you will be invited to attend the College’s Graduation Ceremony at St David’s Cathedral.  

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Is this course right for me?

Suitable for those working in a Childcare environment;  

  • Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development is suitable for those working in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of eight and NHS children’s services for those working with families and children aged 0-19. This includes Child Health settings.  
  • Playwork is suitable for those working with 4-16-year olds such as an after-school club, adventure playground or play scheme.  

We offer Apprenticeships at Level 2 & 3 and Higher apprenticeships at Level 4 & 5. Level 2 & 3 apprenticeships will develop occupational competence, knowledge and skills. Higher level apprenticeships will develop management and leadership skills within the Childcare sector.  

Access is subject to interview.  

These apprenticeships comprise of: 

  • NVQ qualification(s) – dependant on which pathway you follow, you will either complete; 
    • one qualification combining knowledge and competence, assessed via a combination of written work and on the job observations OR  
    • two qualifications; one qualification to assess your competence on the job plus a second qualification to develop your knowledge, assessed via written work and attendance at workshops .
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Qualifications unless you are exempt 

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must have an employer willing to employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship.  

Your employer will need to: 

  • Provide us with evidence of suitable insurance and evidence of your employment status 
  • Be happy to discuss Health and Safety procedures with your assessor 
  • Pay you the appropriate national minimum wage 
  • Contribute to monthly planned assessor visits/appointments to observe you and discuss your progress 
  • Release you to attend workshops 
Find out more about starting an apprenticeship on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Are you an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice?

Find out more about apprenticeships and the advantages for you as an Employer on our Employer Training page.
  • No formal entry requirements
  • You will be expected to be in relevant job role
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Learners must be at least 16 years old

These qualifications provide the necessary skills and recognition for those working in Childcare settings.  

 Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development is for those who are working under supervision such as a nursery or playgroup assistant/practitioner, providing care that supports the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of children. It is a mandatory requirement to complete two qualifications as part of this framework, the Practice qualification will assess your practical skills in the workplace and the Core qualification will assess your knowledge and may require attendance at workshops.  

Qualification: Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice (8040-13) and WJEC Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core  

Level 2 Playwork is suitable for individuals already working in the sector and will cover the primary aspects of working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16 in play environments. Providing an understanding of the importance of play and playwork in children and young people’s lives as well as essential skills in Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Welfare and reflective practice.  

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)  (4964-02) 

Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development for those who work on their own initiative, planning and organising their own work and/or supervising others, such as a nursery practitioner, playgroup leader, manager or a childminder working on their own at home; working autonomously and have some developmental or supervisory activities for other staff. It is a mandatory requirement to complete two qualifications as part of this framework, the Practice qualification will assess your practical skills in the workplace and the Core qualification will assess your knowledge and may require attendance at workshops. 

Qualification: Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice (8040-15) and WJEC Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core  

Level 3 Playwork is aimed at those working as a supervisor in a playwork setting or would like to take on a supervisory role – this could be in a job at an after-school club, adventure playground or play scheme. The qualification will assess competence and knowledge in playwork principles, self-directed play, safeguarding and wellbeing, supporting positive outcomes and health & safety. 

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)  (4964-03) 

Level 4 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development is suitable for those in a management, team leader or supervisory positions who wish to lead practice and manage workers with children (and their families) in settings or services where the main purpose is care, learning and development e.g. nurseries, day care, crèches, child minders and Meithrin (Welsh medium nurseries). It is a mandatory requirement to complete two qualifications to independently assess your knowledge and competence.  

Qualification:  City & Guilds Level 4 Professional Practice in Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development (8041-17) and City & Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (8041-16) 

Level 5 Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development is suitable for those in a leadership or management role to develop knowledge, understanding, behaviours and skills required within the sector such as managing performance, service improvement, managing child-centred approaches in practice and work effectively and independently as critical and reflective thinkers to make informed judgements. It is a mandatory requirement to complete two qualifications to independently assess your knowledge and competence. 

Qualification:  City & Guilds Level 5 Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning & Development: Practice (8041-18) and City & Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development (8041-16) 

Level 5 Playwork is suitable for senior playworker / supervisor / manager and wish to progress their career or to further develop their understanding and practice in playwork with children in order to enhance the service offered. This qualification confirms occupational competence working at advanced practitioner level, and contribute towards high quality childcare in Wales. 

Qualification: CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Playwork (Practitioner / Manager) 

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Written examination
  • Online examination
  • If taken as an apprenticeship then reviews with your assessor and employer will take place every 1-2 months and you will be expected to have developed your skills and knowledge between each review

You can progress onto the next level if available or continue with employment

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Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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