What is Playing Up?
This new Level 3 course provides learners with the knowledge and
confidence to support the needs and play behaviours of older
children and young people in their settings. The course
focuses on understanding the needs and play behaviours of
older children and how to support them in a range of settings
through providing exciting resources, flexible approaches to
planning and by building relationships through empowerment and
Who can undertake this course?
Learners must demonstrate current experience of working with
children and young people in a play context, which may include
children's centres, early years provision, childcare at home,
holiday play schemes, extended school services, play times,
public parks andspaces as well as established play
centres and adventure playgrounds. It is desirable
that learners have undertaken some training at Level
How long is the training course?
Playing Up! is a 30 hour course made up of 20 tutor led
training hours and 10 hours of individual study plus observations
in play settings.
Session 1: What is play?
Session 6: Play theory
Session 2: Rite of passage
Session 7: So what?
Session 3: Play for all
Session 8: Children's rights
Session 4: Risky play
Session 9: Resourcing the play setting
Session 5: Is it playing?
Session 10: Moving forward
Course Aims & Assessment
This course aims to:
- provide you with an understanding of the needs and play
behaviours of older children and how to support them in your
- provide you with an opportunity to fully reflect on your
- enable you to develop confidence in working with older children
andyoung people in your setting,
- supply you with information on further training in play and
playwork and provide an understanding of play and playwork
The delivery of the course will emphasise participative
learning, practical group work and individual reflective
practice. The assessment will be based on your
active participation during the taught sessions and
completion of a reflective diary.
What do I need to do to pass?
To receive a full certificiate you must:
- attend 80% of the taught sessions
- actively participate in sessions
- complete assessments including a course reflective diary
and a grade of 50% or more.