'Play-Way' is a new entry-level training course developed
through the VIPER project in 2015. The course aims to provide
- an understanding of children's freely chosen play and the roles
and responsibilities of the adult in supporting children and
youngpeople's play alongside safe working practices.
- underpinning theory around play and playwork.
- an understanding of the Playwork Principles, Children's Rights
and the importance of inclusion and equalities when working with
children and young people.
- confidence and skills when working with childrenand young
people aged 4-16 in a range of settings including a play
- opportunities to gain practical experience of workingand or
volunteering with children and young people and to reflect on their
- signposting to information about further training and job
Is there assessment and is this course
'Play-Way' is a 14-hour professional development training course
that has previously been accredited and endorsed by Skillsactive,
the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning.
The course, written by Playwork Partnerships at the University of
Gloucestershire, provides learners with an introduction to
children's play and playwork. The course content provides
some of the underpinning knowledge for Playwork National
Occupational Standards at Level 2.
The course emphasises participative learning, discussion,
practical activities and games. The assessment will be based on
active participation in the taught session, completion of a short
question paper and a reflective diary sheet based on a practical
experience undertaken after session 6.
The course is underpinned by the Playwork Principles and the
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that states:
'State parties recognise the rights of the child to rest and
leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate
to the age
of the child'
The UN Convention on the
rights of the child Article 31