This 10 hour course is suitable for anyone working with children
who want to develop their own creativity and gain some new ideas to
put into practice. The course explores several practical ideas and
creative games, whilst based on relevant theory around children's
play. It also develops a personal creative journey for each
Children are naturally creative and use many forms to express
themselves which aids their overall development and encourages
learning. You don't need to be a great artist or painter to
encourage creativity in children, but maybe a few different ideas
would support you in your setting in helping make it a creative
place for the children you work with.
It is linked to the Playwork National Occupational Standards
(NOS) at level 3 and will provide learners with information,
inspiration and ideas to support their development as creative
practitioners and increase further understanding of the
relationships between play and creativity.
This course is designed to be delivered over four sessions of 2½
hours plus personal reflective practice of five hours making a
total of 15 hours of study. You are required to attend 80% of the
sessions in order for you to be considered for a full certificate.
More details on the certification process are given later.
To get the most from this course you are asked to participate in
all learning exercises, engage in all discussions and challenge
yourself and others in a positive and constructive way. You may be
required to undertake some of your learning outdoors.
- Session 1: Playing Creatively - what is play, what is
- Session 2: Playing Creatively - transforming spaces
- Session 3: Playing Creatively - understanding intervention
- Session 4: Playing Creatively - the creative practitioner
This course is designed to meet the needs of Playworkers,
Childcare Professionals, Extended Services Providers, Early Years
Practitioners and Teachers. The course will support learners to
gain confidence and competence in facilitating playing creatively
and focuses on participative learning, practical group work and
individual reflective practice.
Learners must demonstrate current experience of working with
children and young people in a play context, which may include
holiday play schemes, extended school services, play times, public
park & spaces as well as established play centres and adventure
playgrounds. It is desirable that learners have undertaken training
in playwork at Level 3 and be familiar with the Playwork
Principles, but introduction to some playwork theory will be
included in the course.
Course Aims & Assessment
This course aims to:
- Equip people with the knowledge and confidence to develop and
extend opportunities for creativity when working with children and
Assessments confirm that you have understood the learning and
know how to put it into practice. Trainers will explain at the
beginning of each session what the learning outcomes are for that
session. Trainers will ensure that their teaching and your learning
have come together so that assessments can be made.
Trainers are expected to carry out the formal assessments of
your reflective course diary and make their own informal
assessments during the sessions by assessing your involvement and
participation in all aspects of the taught course.
To receive a certificate you need to:
- attend 80% of the Playing Creatively course
- actively participate in sessions
- complete assessments including the reflective course