Who can undertake this course?
Anyone working as a volunteer or in an unpaid capacity
supporting play opportunities for children and young people.
What are the entry requirements?
Learners must be aged 16 years and
over and must demonstrate current experience of volunteering in a
play setting. It is desirable that learners have undertaken some
learning at level 2 and have a recent CRB check.
Course Length: 5 hours (Delivered over
one day or 2 half day/evening sessions)
The training course is divided into 5 sections:
- Understanding Play
- The Importance of Play
- The Role of the Playworker
- Supporting Play
- Play Spaces
The course consists of many tasks and activities that should be
fun and participatory in order to make the learning enjoyable
Course Aims and Assessment
Aim: To introduce learners to the nature
of freely chosen play and the role and responsibilities of the
volunteer in supporting children and young people's play within a
range of play settings.
By the end of the course learners
Understand the nature of freely
Understand the benefits of play for
all children and their communities;
Understand the role of the volunteer
as part of the playwork team;
Understand how to support children
and young people's play;
Explore how to resource and create
spaces that support freely chosen
- play for all children.
Assessment: There will be a short reflective
diary to complete after the course as part of assessment before
certification. Other assessment will take place during the course
through observations of participation in group tasks, discussions